In recent days, some of the biggest names in the sport have come down hard on Manfred. Strip the title now. Strip them of the title, suspend players involved, and ban Astros from post season for as many seasons as they cheated. Dark day for baseball. The mishandling of this cheating scandal cannot be overstated. Manfred says he didn't strip Astros of title because "the idea of
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The Astros were established as the Houston Colt. The current name, reflecting Houston's role as the host of the Johnson Space Center , was adopted three years later, when they moved into the Astrodome , the first domed sports stadium and the so-called "Eighth Wonder of the World. The Astros posted their first winning record in and made the playoffs for the first time in After many years of coming up short in the postseason, the Astros finally made their first World Series appearance in as an NL team, only to be swept by the Chicago White Sox. In the following decade, the team embraced sabermetrics and pioneered new analytical technologies during the early s, transforming from a franchise that lost more than games in three consecutive seasons into a team that won over games in three straight seasons. Having been defeated by Boston the following year in the ALCS , the Astros returned to the World Series in , losing to the Washington Nationals in seven games despite putting together a franchise-best regular season. On January 13, , Astros manager A.
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On and off the field, the fallout from one of the biggest scandals in Major League Baseball history is bound to carry over. A look at what's on deck for the Astros and MLB:. Whistleblower or whiner? If he speaks anonymously, most likely his comments get whisked into the whispers bin. Fiers won't have to bat against the Astros, and it'd be too obvious to bunt up the first base line and try to run him over.
This title will not be taken away because of the plan by commissioner Rob Manfred who offered immunity to any player who is willing to discuss what happened, but with this strategy, it means that the players like Jose Altuve or Carlos Correa will get off easy. Their contracts remain in place, there is no suspension that will hit their wallet, and most importantly, they get to keep the World Series title. Manfred sat down with ESPN for a lengthy interview. He said that the Astros learned their lesson from cheating.