The Los Angeles Dodgers came up just short of winning the World Series during the 2017 and 2018 seasons.
In 2017, they lost to the Houston Astros in seven games before losing to the Boston Red Sox in five the following season. Now, both those champions are being punished as a part of the Astros' sign-stealing scandal.
The Los Angeles' city council now wants retrospective action.
As part of the punishment, the league handed down one-year suspensions to the Astros GM Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch. Both were then fired by owner Jim Crane.
A $5 million fine and the stripping of the team's first and second round picks in the next two drafts completed the punishments.
L.A. wants more.
The city council unanimously approved a resolution urging Major League Baseball to vacate those titles and award them to the runner up - the Dodgers, accoridng to ESPN.
Luckily for Washington, however, the Nationals don't have to worry about such a problem.
The Nationals defeated the Dodgers, 3-2, in the NLDS before sweeping the Cardinals in the NLCS to advance to the team's first World Series appearance.
Then, despite illegal "sign sealing" and use of technology by the Astros, the Nationals won the World Series in seven games behind clutch hitting and stifling pitching.
The nine-page statement detailing Houston's from MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred detailed the cheating tactics employed by Houston during the 2017 regular season and throughout the postseason. There's been no confirmation the Astros used the same sign stealing technology during the 2019 World Series.
Still, if the Astros continued to cheat, the likes of Patrick Corbin, the ailing Max Scherzer and series MVP Stephen Strasburg weren't phased.
Following Game 6, Strasburg said he realized the Astros were tipping their batters on what type of pitch was coming.
Stephen Strasburg on Pitch Tipping. pic.twitter.com/F9rxZAr2Vo— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) October 30, 2019
Nationals fans can rejoice in the fact that the city of Washington doesn't have to fight for vacated titles. Instead, they earned it the hard way.
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