NL MVP Cody Bellinger called out José Altuve and the Houston Astros for swiping their trophies and said he suspected they kept scheming last season, too.
“One hundred percent,” the Dodgers slugger said. “I don’t know why they would stop.”
All-Star pitcher Trevor Bauer went even farther.
“I’m not going to let them forget the fact that they are hypocrites, they are cheaters, they’ve stolen from a lot of other people and the game itself,” Bauer told reporters at Cincinnati’s spring training camp in Goodyear, Arizona.
The fallout from the Astros’ sign-stealing scam continued Friday, a day after Houston owner Jim Crane was widely criticized for an apology that rang hollow to many.
“They cheated. They were found guilty of it. And I haven’t heard it yet,” said Washington general Mike Rizzo, whose team beat Houston in Game 7 of the World Series last year.
“The thing that pains me the most is it puts a black cloud over the sport that I love. And that’s not right. The commissioner did an investigation and found that they cheated in 2017 and 2018. Somebody’s got to say the words over there: ‘cheated.’ And that’s important to me,” Rizzo said.
New Dodgers pitcher Alex Wood had another message for the Astros: look out. There’s been speculation Houston hitters might face on-field retaliation from opposing pitchers.
“You’d be hard-pressed to say no. I mean, they messed with a lot of guys’ lives,” he said.