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LeBron James speaks out on Rob Manfred's handling of Astros scandal

LeBron James speaks out on Rob Manfred's handling of Astros scandal

The way MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has handled the Astros' cheating scandal left many fans, and players, outraged.

Angels superstar Mike Trout, who isn't one to be controversial or outspoken, said he didn't agree with the lack of punishment toward members of the 2017 Astros team. And on the other side of the country, Yankees slugger Aaron Judge admitted to taking down a photo he shared with Astros second baseman Jose Altuve because he didn't feel it held any meaning anymore. 

The latest athlete to have a say in what's going on in the world of baseball? LeBron James.

Yes, he doesn't play baseball, but the NBA superstar and global icon took to Twitter on Tuesday to make his opinion known.

The extra-long hashtag alone truly shows how the 16-time All-Star and four-time MVP feels on the subject.

At the end of the day, they're all playing sports, and King James wants something to change as well. He explained if he were to go through something similar in the basketball world, he would be just as upset as the rest of the MLB players have shown.

Manfred spoke to the media earlier on Tuesday and addressed the Astros' wrongdoing during that 2017 World Series run.

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He complimented A's pitcher Miker Fiers, the "whistleblower" who shed light on the subject back in November. Manfred said Fiers "did a service" for the industry by going on the record, noting that it would have taken longer to clean up the mess this has caused without Fiers coming forward.

The players will continue to be angry if more is not done on the issue.

The ball remains in Manfred's court. 

Why A's must focus on beating Angels for shot at winning AL West title


Why A's must focus on beating Angels for shot at winning AL West title

We know it doesn't take just one player to win a World Series. If that were the case, the Los Angeles Angels would win it every year with three-time MVP Mike Trout roaming the outfield.

This offseason, the Angels -- now being managed by Joe Maddon -- made a couple of additions that make things a little more difficult for the A's in 2020. 

In the middle of December, the Halos signed All-Star third baseman Anthony Rendon to a seven-year, $245 million contract. The free agent was well sought after during the offseason feeding frenzy.

Despite not needing much infield help with the production Tommy La Stella and David Fletcher provided in 2019, the Angels were willing to adjust to acquire him.

Rendon brings a power bat to a new league, coming off a hefty 2019 season where he was voted third in NL MVP voting. His .319/.412/.598 line with 34 home runs and a 1.010 OPS is pretty darn impressive.

The Angels also added pitcher Julio Teheran on a one-year, $9 million deal to add to a rotation that desperately needed it. The 28-year-old is reliable and has pitched in at least 30 games per season since 2013. He will be part of the Halos' rotation in 2020.

There is a possibility the team adds to that rotation -- more than likely in a trade.

Additionally, two-way star Shohei Ohtani is more of a secret (not much of a secret anymore) weapon than will be in that starting rotation, but it depends on how the Angels play.

Ohtani underwent knee surgery in September and Maddon did mention during the Winter Meetings he would be willing to have Ohtani hit on the days he pitches.

The scenario could change if the Angels are in playoff contention around the All-Star break, as they probably would want to save his arm for innings in the second half. 

This is all before the world gets to see top prospect Jo Adell do some damage and share the outfield with Trout. 

These offseason moves were made so the eight-time All-Star didn't have to watch the playoffs from his couch over and over again.

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The Houston Astros, of course, will be the A's biggest competition in the division. Losing Gerrit Cole to the Yankees took a slight strain off of the race, but they are a headache to pitch to up and down the lineup. 

Oakland's history shows the struggle of the one-and-done game is real. If the A's want to kick their wild-card woes to the curb this year, beating the revamped Angels will be crucial. 

A's infielders Matt Chapman, Marcus Semien aim to be top duo in 2020


A's infielders Matt Chapman, Marcus Semien aim to be top duo in 2020

The A's infield -- while we wait for the final determinant as to who the second base starter will be -- as of now looks unstoppable.

The left side particularly could create some fear in 2020 with Matt Chapman and Marcus Semien holding down the fort. But beyond the gloves, they're overall the top duo in the game.

In 2019, they combined to hold the top WAR in a group of top teammates across the league.

A 14.8 WAR between Chapman and Semien last season placed them just barely above Dodgers' Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy (14.7) and Alex Bregman and George Springer (14.6).

Next season, the Los Angeles Angels will have both Mike Trout and newly acquired third baseman Anthony Rendon to create some buzz -- and hopefully, take some of the workload off Trout. 

That's not only quite the group to be paired with, but to be atop them all is impressive, to say the least.

In addition to his Gold and Platinum Glove honors, Chappy earned his first All-Star selection in 2019 and was in MVP talks. He finished his 2019 campaign batting .249/.342/.506 line with 36 home runs and 91 RBI.

Chapman stood out with his web-gem defensive ways and the ability to cover all of the foul territory the Oakland Coliseum has to offer.

Those MVP talks were there with Semien as well, but perhaps they were a little louder about the A's shortstop. He landed in third place for the AL MVP Award behind Trout and Bregman.

Semien started in all 162 games with a league-leading 747 plate appearances and a .285/.369/.522 line with 33 home runs and 187 hits. 

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You know what they say -- all is fair in love and WAR.

Nobody says that -- I've just always wanted to write that in an article.