Cody Bellinger’s 30-word rant on how the Astros cheating ‘ruins’ baseball
Bellinger tweeted he hoped the rumors were not true, but also said any players implicated in such a scandal should be punished because they endanger ruining the “integrity of the game:”
For the sake of the game I Hope this isn’t true.. if true, there needs to be major consequences to the players. That Completely ruins the integrity of the game!!!
— Cody Bellinger (@Cody_Bellinger) January 16, 2020
The Astros found themselves under fire once again following the New York Mets’ decision to “mutually part ways” with Carlos Beltran before he had managed a single game for the club.
A Twitter account claiming to be run by Beltran’s niece suggested Astros players like Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman were equipped with “buzzers” that would give them a jolt depending on the pitch type coming their way. This was followed by a stream of videos and pictures seemingly implicating especially Altuve in wearing some kind of wire.
Of course, all of this comes in the aftermath of the league’s punishment levied against the Astros due to sign-stealing during the 2017 season.
Bellinger was a rookie for the Dodgers during the 2017 World Series, when they lost to the Astros in seven games. The Astros also won two games on the road during that series, but they overcame multiple deficits during a Game 5 that–prior to recent revelations–was undoubtedly one of the greatest games of the decade.
Major League Baseball refrained from punishing individual players at the conclusion of their investigation of the Astros, and they said on Thursday the investigation did not substantiate any evidence players used wearable devices.
However, it is unlikely baseball fans have heard the end of this saga.