“Listen I know I don’t play baseball but I am in Sports and I know if someone cheated me out of winning the title and I found out about it I would be F*^king irate! I mean like uncontrollable about what I would/could do!”
James wrote on Twitter
“Listen here baseball commissioner listen to your players speaking today about how disgusted, mad, hurt, broken, etc etc about this. Literally the ball is in your court(or should I say field) and you need to fix this for the sake of Sports! #JustMyThoughtsComingFromASportsJunkieRegardlessMyOwnSportIPlay”
James’ Twitter posts come on the heels of
Los Angeles Angels superstar Mike Trout criticizing Manfred
punishing the players
. Trout called the situation “sad for baseball.”
The Astros were caught for creating a system to decode and communicate
an opposing team’s pitching signs
during the team’s 2017 championship season. While sign stealing is commonplace, MLB rules prohibit the use electronic devices to do so.
Employees for the Astros used a live game feed of the center field camera to decode sign sequences and then relayed that information to hitters. MLB, following a story that detailed allegations of the scheme in the sports news website The Athletic, investigated and
released a report in January
detailing the scheme.
Manfred suspended Astros manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow, who were subsequently fired by Astros owner Jim Crane. The Astros must forfeit the team’s regular first- and second-round selections in the 2020 and 2021 drafts and pay a $5 million fine.
A key figure in the scandal
, Alex Cora, who led the Red Sox to a World Series title in 2018 as manager and was the Astros’ bench coach in 2017, left his job as Boston’s manager. Former Astros player Carlos Beltran
stepped down as manager
of the New York Mets over his involvement in the scandal.
However, none of the pl