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There’s nothing peculiar about the Houston Astros’ 2017 World Series championship. At least, that’s the opinion of Detroit Tigers living legend Miguel Cabrera.
“In the end … it’s baseball,” Cabrera told ESPN. “[Try to] go ahead and do it like those guys did.”
Actually, the MLB may prefer you don’t do it like the 2017 Astros did. Unless you like sign-stealing and general cheating scandals. Or allegations of such, anyway.
“I don’t care about that,” Cabrera said. “I don’t care what they did in Houston.”
Others in baseball aren’t so forgiving.
Per ESPN, “An MLB investigation, the results of which were released in January 2020, revealed the Astros had cheated by using a camera-based sign-stealing system during their 2017 championship run and into the 2018 regular season. A trash can-banging scheme was used to help hitters know what pitch was coming, the probe found.”
The manager of that Astros team, AJ Hinch, was fired amid the investigation. He was suspended for all of last season, and now he is Cabrera’s manager with the Tigers.
“He’s a really smart guy, a passionate guy,” Cabrera said. “He’s an honest man, a very special man. He knows a lot about baseball. He has great communication with us. I don’t care what they did in Houston. He [was] a big part of the success Houston had the last three to five years.”
As for the scandal, well, Cabrera wants to hear none of it.
“That’s bulls—,” he told reporters.