Tampa Bay Rays: It’s OK to be angry about cheating

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Carlos Beltran was a veteran player on the 2017 Astros and was fingered as a player who played a big role in the scheme, as well. Since he was a player, he was protected from punishment by the commissioner’s office. That didn’t save him from the court of public opinion.

The Mets have parted ways with Beltran before he even managed his first game.

What a week of baseball!

The Astros eliminated the Rays from the playoffs last season. The Red Sox won the World Series from our division in 2018, despite our best efforts in a 90-win season.

Tyler Glasnow was evidently “tipping pitches” in the ALCS against the Astros. Glasnow, who had a 1.78 ERA in the regular season, didn’t even last three full innings.

It’s okay to be skeptical. The Astros went to extreme lengths to cheat already. It doesn’t sound as crazy as it would have a week or two ago.

How big of a difference does it make for a Major League hitter to know what pitch is coming? It’s an acceptable answer as to why an elite pitcher looked like he’s throwing batting practice. “Oh he was tipping his pitches.” Good enough! 

They said the same thing about Yu Darvish after they demolished him in the 2017 World Series.

Now we are hearing rumors that the Astros were recently using a buzzer system. That’s right, the rumor that they were using a buzzer under their jerseys to notify them of pitch-types is an unconfirmed rumor (last time I checked) but who cares at this point?