The rotting, layered onion that is the Astros sign stealing scandal

Anybody who says “baseball is boring” hasn’t been paying attention this offseason.
What typically is a dormant period for Major League Baseball has been a tire fire of epic proportions, stoked by the Houston Astros sign stealing scandal. And just when it seems like things are dying down, new revelations are being unearthed on a weekly basis.
In the words of the great 20th century philosopher George Costanza: “This thing is like an onion. The more layers you peel, the more it stinks.”
Earlier this week, Rob Manfred may have believed he closed Pandora’s box by levying hefty suspensions upon Jeff Luhnow, A.J. Hinch and the Astros organization. Yet, in the matter of days, the lid flew wide open again after the firings of Alex Cora and Carlos Beltran. And the latest rumour about buzzers potentially being used by Astros hitters to gain an edge against opposing pitchers sent baseball into a total frenzy.
It’s not hyperbole to say this is the biggest scandal in baseball since performance-enhancing drugs. In fact, this whole Astros sign stealing scandal might even eclipse the PED scandal, because eventually, Major League Baseball got …

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Author: Ian Hunter / Blue Jays Nation

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