Mike Trout– in spite of being the very best gamer in baseball and playing in Los Angeles– has a propensity for preventing debate and avoiding of headings.
Trout didn’t mince words on Monday, however, when talking about the Astros unfaithful scandal, stating he “lost respect for some of those guys.”
Trout likewise stated he didn’t “agree with the punishment” imposed versus the company. Former Astros manager A.J. Hinch and GM Jeff Luhnow were fired by owner Jim Crane in January. Houston was likewise fined $5 million– the optimum financial penalty permitted under MLB guidelines– and surrendered its first- and second-round draft selects in 2020 and 2021.
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The MLB’s nine-page report on the Astros exposed that the electronic sign- taking scandal was mainly player-driven. Regardless of that, commissioner Rob Manfred stated that no players will get penalty since Luhnow didn’t communicate a 2017 memo detailing the league’s upgraded policy on technology usage throughout games.
Players throughout the league have actually openly ripped the Astros– and Manfred’s decision not to penalize the players. Even Trout, a three-time American League MVP who is often slammed as being “bland,” stated, “Going up to the plate knowing what’s coming … that would be a lot of fun.”
Another element of the Astros scandal is the report that players connected electronic buzzers to their bodies to understand what pitches they will deal with. If the Astros utilized buzzers throughout the 2019 season, Manfred stated just recently “You can never know”. The report was sustained by Jose Altuve’s determined rejection to let colleagues rip his t-shirt after he struck the ALCS-clinching home run in 2019.
If Trout ever strikes a walk-off in the league championship series?
“You can take my shirt off,” he said. “If you hit a homer to send your team to the World Series at home, you can do whatever you want to me.”