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Houston Astros Learn There Is Safety in Numbers

Houston Astros Learn There Is Safety in Numbers
A view of the Houston Astros logo in centerfield during batting practice prior to Game One of the 2019 World Series between the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals at Minute Maid Park on October 22, 2019, in Houston, Texas. (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

By with Michael R. Shannon
Tuesday, 21 January 2020 11:33 AM Current | Bio | Archive

How is the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal like our country’s illegal alien problem? Easy. If enough players or enough illegals cheat, the authorities throw up their hands and say no one can be punished for breaking the rules or breaking the law.

NBC News reports on the latest Major League Baseball scandal, “Houston Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch were suspended by Major League Baseball for the upcoming season on Monday — and then fired by the Astros — for stealing opponents' pitching signs during their team's World Series-winning 2017 season.

“The team was also fined a $5 million, the maximum allowed, and will forfeit its first- and second-round picks in the 2020 and 2021 drafts, according to the MLB.”

And after that was written a participant in the conspiracy as a player, Carlos Beltrán, was fired as manager of the New York Mets before he had an opportunity to officiate over a single regular season game.

Astros owner Jim Crane gave a suitably contrite statement, “We need to move forward with a clean slate and the Astros will become a stronger organization. We will always do the right thing and will not have this happen again on my watch."

Crane didn’t complain about the penalties imposed on his team either, “We broke the rules, we accept the punishment. It's very unfortunate. Neither one of these guys implemented this ... but neither one them did anything about it. That's unfortunate and the consequences are severe.”

What’s noticeably absent are any consequences for the players involved. They “implemented” the cheating system and the players personally benefited from the cheating. The excuse for letting players off the hook is there are quite a few of them who were involved and since the scandal they’ve scattered to other teams in other cities. (See, we told you it was appallingly similar to the non-enforcement of immigration law on illegal immigrants already in the country.)

But as the Reagan half of this byline has pointed out, there is a way to punish the players at least symbolically if Major League Baseball has the intestinal fortitude to do it.

When Lance Armstrong was caught cheating after winning seven Tour de France championships, the tour organization vacated all those victories. If readers will visit the Tour website at https://www.letour.fr/en/history they will discover the years where Armstrong cheated do not list a winner. Place rankings begin with #2.

Baseball should do the same and vacate the Astro’s 2017 World Series Championship. And MLB should demand that all players involved return their World Series championship rings.

Sure, it’s a symbolic punishment, but symbols matter. Letting the players off scot-free sets a terrible precedent.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.

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How is the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal like our country’s illegal alien problem? Easy. If enough players or enough illegals cheat, the authorities throw up their hands and say no one can be punished for breaking the rules or breaking the law.
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