After MLB commissioner Rob Manfred handed out his historic punishments to the Houston Astros for his determination on Monday that they had stolen signs using a camera-based system, players both active and retired from other teams chimed in with their thoughts about the suspensions and about cheating.
The punishments handed down — a $5 million fine, lost draft picks and 2020 suspensions for both general manager Jeff Luhnow and field manager AJ Hinch, among other penalties — triggered harsh consequences. Both Luhnow and Hinch were fired by team owner Jim Crane as a consequence of MLB’s announcement.
Indians pitcher Mike Clevinger was particularly pointed in his reaction, pointing out what was at stake in particular:
Perhaps predictably, Trevor Bauer wasn’t shy about sharing his opinion, tweeting a reference to the popular Kermit the Frog sipping tea meme attached to Hinch’s past comments about cheating accusations:
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