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L.A. City Council set to ask MLB to strip Red Sox of 2018 World Series title

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The city of Los Angeles is committed to the bit.

The L.A. City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to pass a resolution requesting that Major League Baseball strip the 2017 Houston Astros and 2018 Boston Red Sox of their World Series titles and reward both championships to the Dodgers.

The resolution was first proposed last Friday, days after MLB implicated the 2017 Astros in a massive sign-stealing scandal that led to the departures of Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch along with Red Sox manager Alex Cora and New York Mets manager Carlos Beltran.

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The Red Sox are currently under MLB investigation for allegedly using a video room to illegally steal signs in 2018.

The Dodgers lost the World Series to Houston in 2017 and Boston in 2018, so one could argue L.A. deserves both championships, even though it's highly unlikely MLB would re-assign a World Series title to another team.

In a press conference Tuesday, the resolution's co-sponsors, Councilmen Gil Cedillo and Paul Koretz, admitted the resolution is more of a symbolic way to highlight how the Dodgers were wronged.

"We know they were cheated at a real shot at a championship,” Koretz said, via the Los Angeles Times. “We have to send a message. If we don’t stand up for baseball, then the tradition of the national pastime may become flawed."

 

MLB had no comment on the resolution Tuesday, according to the L.A. Times, and likely won't do take any action if the L.A. City Council follows through on its resolution, just like the U.S. Congress didn't do anything with Sen. Bill Cassidy's outrage over a missed pass interference call in the 2018 NFC Championship Game.

But Cedillo and Koretz likely earned some political points in L.A. for defending their hometown team -- and massive eye rolls from the cities of Boston and Houston.