Cody Bellinger, the reigning NL MVP and Los Angeles Dodgers star, has come out swinging against the Houston Astros and their 2017 cheating scandal.
Plenty of players around the league took aim at the Astros after they bungled their apology day Thursday, but Bellinger went further — he said punishments from the commissioner’s office were weak, that the Astros stole a ring from the Dodgers and that Jose Altuve stole an MVP award.
That’s how you announce your presence at spring training.
Here are his full comments:
You can see how visibly pissed Cody Bellinger is when talking about the Astros pic.twitter.com/QUXiNwzbxd
— Blake Harris (@BlakeHarrisTBLA) February 14, 2020
For the uninitiated, the Astros beat the Dodgers in seven games in the 2017 World Series, a season in which MLB’s investigation proved that they used technology to steal signs and use a trash can to relay what pitches were coming to their hitters. In that same season, Altuve beat out Judge for the AL MVP, though the vote wasn’t very close.
Bellinger’s take is very different from Dodgers manager Dave Roberts saying Thursday that he’s moving on. (But he did say he believes in karma). Bellinger, meanwhile, apparently believes in calling out the Astros for their cheating — and plenty of fans outside of Houston will probably applaud him for it.
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