A report dropped on Saturday suggesting Major League Baseball hid the Yankees’ sign-stealing scheme years ago.
Here we go! The Houston Astros finally have a small window to point the finger elsewhere and act as if their intricate electronic sign-stealing operation that the organization was found guilty for is no longer a pertinent issue. But that’s what happens when everyone refuses to read beyond the headline.
A report surfaced on Saturday stating a New York judge has ordered a letter to be unsealed that allegedly shows Major League Baseball hid a sign-stealing scheme orchestrated by the Yankees during the 2017 season. Fans certainly deserve to know the details of that, regardless of the severity of the infraction(s), though we already know the Yankees were disciplined for such actions, which were made public.
But that doesn’t at all take away from what the Astros did, considering they cheated themselves to a World Series victory in 2017 (and there’s widespread belief it continued in 2018 and 2019). It’s important to note that any infraction on the Yankees’ end came BEFORE the league imposed new restrictions (which came after the 2017 regular season) on electronic sign-stealing. The Astros’ scandal came after and continued with callous disregard, so Astros slugger Carlos Correa can respectfully take a seat and continue to remain full of shame during the offseason. Yankee fans don’t want to hear it.
Also, any alleged infractions on the Yankees’ behalf didn’t result in a World Series win. And any infractions in 2015 and 2016 (which the report alludes to) came before Aaron Judge was even a full-time player (remember he was a rookie in 2017 and had the MVP stolen from him by Jose Altuve?). While Judge’s 2017 numbers were markedly better than those from 2018 and 2019, he missed a total of 110 games the last two years, so there’s no splits to look at to indicate any wrongdoing. His 162-game average is pretty on par with his production these last three seasons. Pretty convenient to forget about that! So mimicking his “Wait… what? ….?” response from November is sadly misplaced and holds no comedic merit.
But this is the world we live in. “Let’s conveniently forget about my wrongdoing and put the spotlight on yours, even though the two aren’t even comparable!”
Then again, what can we expect? The rest of the MLB and its fans didn’t get a formal apology from the Astros, who instead conducted laughable press conferences and had equally-pathetic run-ins with the media. From Alex Bregman’s incessant smirking to Jose Altuve’s endless lying to Correa ever so maturely telling Cody Bellinger to “shut the f— up,” it’s safe to say this team of cowards will continue to be in denial and assess the blame elsewhere to preserve whatever imaginary honorable reputation they think they have left.