The Houston Astros' cheating scandal rocked MLB this offseason after they admitted wrongdoing during the 2017 World Series run.
Those involved -- both on the team and those impacted by what had happened -- have made their views clear. Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer has been vocal about his feelings toward the electronic sign-stealing and has stressed the importance of speaking out.
Not just for him, but for A's pitcher Mike Fiers.
Bauer, who raised suspicions of the Astros' success years ago, supported Fiers, the original whistleblower who spoke on the record to The Athletic back in November about what was happening in Houston.
"If Mike Fiers doesn’t come out and say something, nothing gets done," Bauer told The Athletic on Friday. "Nothing -- even though all the players know this shit is going on, it’s the worst kept secret in baseball. If no one says anything, then nothing gets done -- no one says anything publicly because reports have been given to the league for multiple years."
"I know a lot of people, or some people had been like, ‘Oh, well he should’ve said something when he was on the team’ or whatever," Bauer continued. "It’s just so unrealistic because he’d be banned, blackballed from the game. I don’t blame him at all for not saying something then. I’m happy he finally came out and said something."
Bauer said what Fiers did was "good for baseball."
It was, and it is.
Players are speaking out about how pissed off they are, and that's important for fans and players alike to see.
Oakland pitcher Sean Manaea wasn't impressed with the way Houston owner Jim Crane and the Astros handled themselves in their sparse attempt at an apology on Thursday. Los Angeles Dodgers superstar Cody Bellinger made it clear it was beyond just a World Series trophy the Astros tainted, but an AL MVP Award that was given to Jose Altuve the same year it should have gone to Yankees slugger Aaron Judge.
Bauer's feud with the Astros, specifically third baseman Alex Bregman, started a couple of seasons ago while Bauer was with Cleveland. A Twitter beef that began minute turned into a slew of thinking emojis and the implication that Astros pitchers, known for their high-spin rate during that 2017 World Series run, could be using foreign substances.
Those thinking emojis seem less passive now, and more of a "Eureka!" moment. Bauer isn't one to hold back.
It's nice to see Fiers receiving additional support from those beyond his teammates and manager Bob Melvin. We can assume more players will speak out in support of him, and against what Houston did.
"Ultimately, on a wider scale, the players as a whole, we need more strength and leadership at the top," Bauer said. "I think that’s the position that he took, which is important."