PASADENA, Calif. – Jason Bateman could talk about the Houston Astros cheating scandal for a long time.
The actor is a huge fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers, the team that lost the World Series to the Houston Astros in 2017. In recent weeks, it's been revealed that the Astros used an elaborate electronic scheme to steal pitching signs from teams they played.
On Monday the MLB handed down a harsh punishment against the Houston team, suspending GM Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch for a year while fining the organization $5 million and stripping them of first- and second-round draft picks in 2020-2021.
Bateman, speaking to reporters at the Television Critics Association to promote his new HBO series "The Outsider," was more than happy to discuss the scandal, and whether he thought a story of cheating at the highest level of baseball would make a good TV show.
"I want to use our last three minutes wisely, and I could spend 30 on that," he said at the panel. "Needless to say, it was a painful Dodgers loss two years ago. Who knows how that would have turned out, who knows how that whole season would have turned out for the Astros? Would they have even been there? I don’t know.
"Look, people have been stealing signs since the start of baseball, so it is somewhat established," he added. "The fact that they had a system like that as high tech in some parts and as janky in others would probably lend itself well to a script adaptation."
Still, ever the Dodgers optimist, Bateman repeated a common baseball fan refrain.
"We’ll get ‘em next year."
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Astros cheating scandal: Jason Bateman says it could be a good script