June 26, 2022



‘I know for a fact’ Astros weren’t only team cheating

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Add Chris Sale to the list of baseball players who say the Houston Astros weren’t the only team illegally stealing signs back in 2017. On Boston radio’s The Greg Hill Show, the Red Sox pitcher said people still talking about the Astros cheating should look at what their team was doing.

“I don’t know, man, Here’s the thing, and I’m going to give you my honest opinion: If the Astros were the only team doing it, then yeah. Give it back. Take it back. I know for a fact they weren’t,” Sale said on the WEEI morning show Monday. “All these people pointing fingers, well, hey, take a check in the mirror real quick. Make sure you and your team weren’t doing something.

“And what they did was wrong, and I’m not trying to condone it. but, shoot, we’re talking five years ago now, and we’re still talking about this stuff. I’d like to kind of turn the page on it, but it happened, they dealt with it, there’s nothing you can really do about it now sitting here where we are, so you just kind of move on from it.”

Sale is plenty familiar with the Astros. He was the ace of the 2017 Red Sox staff that got roughed up by the Astros in the American League Division Series. Sale gave up nine runs in 9.2 innings of that four-game series loss to the Astros. He also faced the Astros in the 2018 American League Championship Series, which the Red Sox won and went on to win the World Series, and in last year’s ALCS as well.

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Of course, the Red Sox hired Alex Cora as their manager after the 2017 season. Cora later was suspended for a year when Major League Baseball’s investigation revealed his role in the Astros’ sign-stealing system. Cora led the Red Sox to the title in 2018, was suspended for the 2020 season, but then the Red Sox allowed him to return as manager last year.

In October, former Oakland Athletics pitcher Chris Bassitt shared a similar sentiment about the Astros. 

“Houston was not the only team doing stuff. There was a lot of people doing stuff,” said Bassitt, who was traded to the Mets last month. “It was just fortunately, or unfortunately, only one team essentially got caught doing it or was the guinea pig of it, so yeah, clean the entire league up, but there was a lot going on.”

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