How John Gibbons would have handled Astros scandal as manager

Andrew D. Bernstein-NBAE

Andrew D. Bernstein-NBAE

In recent months, an investigation revealed Houston to be discreetly stealing signs from opposing players and relaying upcoming pitches to their teammates through a series of non-verbal messages.

Markakis, a 14-year veteran, believes the Astros players got away "scot free", and also criticised the Major League Baseball commissioner, Rob Manfred, who conducted the investigation. Manfred also promised to "take every possible step" to protect Fiers, who now pitches for the Oakland Athletics.

After reports of cheating surfaced in November, many baseball fans expected the Astros would have to relinquish their 2017 title. A whopping 84% said it hurt baseball.

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James took to Twitter on Tuesday to blast the Astros for cheating throughout the 2017 postseason - during which Houston won its first World Series title. At this point, the only thing devaluing that trophy is that it says "Commissioner' on it".

"That's that's somebody who's never played our game", Lester told reporters Tuesday.

With MLB's Spring Training in effect in Florida and Arizona ahead of the 2020 season, almost every team and star players have been asked about their thoughts on the Astros' brewing scandal - one which has cost them their manager, AJ Hinch, and general manager Jeff Luhnow.

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"I have to say I made one mistake, at least, during that long day", Manfred said. "I didn't think Markakis talked too much".

However none of the players on the Astros was punished, since they were granted immunity in exchange for their testimony for Manfred's investigation.

Manfred said he would be willing to engage in "civil discourse" with players who have questions pertaining to the Astros' operation.

Gibbons, a longtime manager of the Blue Jays before leaving at the end of the 2018 season, sat down with Houston owner Jim Crane to interview for the Astros' managerial role in January. How could he be trusted to police them?

"I just think it doesn't hold any value, " Judge said. I know there's a lot of political stuff behind it but it's wrong.

He is right. Credibility destroyed by a single scandal will take years to rebuild and there will be more days like this from Manfred.

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