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Cody Bellinger offers thoughts on Red Sox and Astros cheating accusations

Cody Bellinger offers thoughts on Red Sox and Astros cheating accusations

Both the Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros are embroiled in cheating scandals this offseason. Both teams have been accused of illegally stealing signs and the Red Sox have specifically been accused of using their video replay room to decipher the signs of opposing catchers.

The two teams are under investigation, but that's of little value to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers lost consecutive World Series to the Astros and Red Sox in 2017 and 2018 while each team was allegedly utilizing these practices.

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And recently, Dodgers star Cody Bellinger offered his thoughts on the sign-stealing scandals.

"Honestly, we're curious to see what happens," Bellinger said per ESPN's Alden Gonzalez. "It sucks, man. We were close, but we did it the right way."

Bellinger would further go on to say that the Dodgers would've had a better chance to win had the sign-stealing not been going on.

"We could've won it if things could've gone our way," Bellinger said per Gonzalez. "But it is what it is, man. You really can't look back on it anymore. We'll see what happens, what Manfred wants to do. We'll see."

Bellinger does have a point about having a better chance to win without the sign-stealing. But it's also worth noting that the Red Sox were still able to defeat the Dodgers in five games. And the only Dodgers win came in an 18-inning game, the longest in postseason history.

So, while the Dodgers may have had a better chance to win, there's no guarantee that they would've won, especially with Bellinger batting a paltry .063 during the World Series.

Either way, Bellinger is focused on moving forward and the 24-year-old is coming off an MVP season in which he batted .305 with 47 homers and drove in 115 runs. He'll try to get the Dodgers back to the World Series in 2020.

Meanwhile, the Red Sox and Astros will be building toward the 2020 campaign but also have potential punishment from the commissioner's office looming if they are found guilty of stealing signs.

J.D. Martinez states without equivocation that Red Sox will be exonerated by MLB investigation

J.D. Martinez states without equivocation that Red Sox will be exonerated by MLB investigation

SPRINGFIELD -- For five hours on Saturday morning at Winter Weekend, Red Sox players and coaches delivered basically the same message in regards to the 2018 cheating scandal: We're not at liberty to say anything until the league finishes its investigation.

And then J.D. Martinez stepped in front of the cameras.

The slugging DH, who earlier this offseason chose to remain in Boston rather than exercise an opt-out in his contract, minced no words when asked if the Red Sox did anything wrong during their championship 2018 season.

"You know, it sucks, to be honest with you," he said of the investigation. "It does suck. But you know what? I know I'm excited for the investigation to be over with just so that they can see that there was nothing going on here."

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So he believes the team is innocent of the charges that it used the replay room to steal opposing signs in real time?

"I believe that, yes," Martinez said.

And what gives Martinez this confidence, despite a report to the contrary in The Athletic claiming that the Red Sox stole signs?

"Because I was in there," he said. "I saw what was. . . . Straight up, everyone seems to forget that in 2017 and '16 this team was a really good team. This team won 93 games those two years and then we just got better."

Martinez spoke without hesitation, and also saluted departed manager Alex Cora, while offering some insight into why Cora decided to leave the team.

"Kind of heartbroken about it," he said. "I talked to him before and I understood his side of it. He didn't want to be a distraction going into the season. I know it was wearing on him and his family, so I obviously feel for him and I wish him the best. But I know he played a big, big role for our team and he was one of my favorites, if not my favorite manager that I've had. It's going to be tough."

Mike Lowell says he'd love to take job as Red Sox manager temporarily if it brought Alex Cora back

Mike Lowell says he'd love to take job as Red Sox manager temporarily if it brought Alex Cora back

Mike Lowell would check a lot of the boxes the Red Sox would be looking for in their managerial search. The popular former Red Sox third baseman is a Cuban-American who speaks Spanish and English and is media-savvy as an analyst for the MLB Network. 

Still, there's one condition he has that will probably take Lowell out of the running. 

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The 2007 World Series MVP and 2018 inductee into the team's Hall of Fame has no managerial experience, but told WEEI's Rob Bradford in a text message, "I would love to if I knew it was just for a year and Cora was guaranteed to come back."

Alex Cora, a Red Sox teammate of Lowell's for three seasons (2006-08), was let go by on Tuesday after he was named as the central figure in Major League Baseball's investigation of sign-stealing by the Houston Astros when Cora was their bench coach in 2017. Cora is also alleged to have brought a similar system to Boston when he became manager before the 2018 season. MLB is continuing to investigate the allegations against the Red Sox and it will likely result in a suspension of one season or longer for Cora.

Former Astros manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were each suspended for a season by MLB and subsequently fired by Houston.

With Cora facing perhaps a longer punishment, or perhaps even a lifetime ban from baseball -- and from Red Sox ownership's telling silence when asked if Cora would ever manage in the majors again -- Lowell's plan of temporarily filling in until Cora's return isn't likely to fly.