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Los Angeles city council wants Astros, Red Sox titles rewarded to Dodgers

Los Angeles city council wants Astros, Red Sox titles rewarded to Dodgers

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. 

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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On this date: The Nationals played their first game ever

On this date: The Nationals played their first game ever

It seems like eons ago that the Washington Nationals played in their first game after departing from Montreal.

Saturday marks the 15th anniversary of their inaugural game as they brought professional baseball back to the District of Columbia.

The Nationals opened up the 2005 season on the road at Citizens Bank Park with a matchup against their future rival in the Phillies.

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The game didn't go as planned for Nats manager Frank Robinson, with his squad dropping the first game of their 162-game slate with a defeat, but it was a return to normalcy for baseball fans in the nation's capital who had longed for a team to root for since the Senators left town 34 years prior.

The Phillies beat the Nats 8-4 on Opening Day, but for fans in the District, there was now a team to cheer on when they returned home a few days later for the home opener at RFK Stadium.

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Nats GM Mike Rizzo displays Commissioner's Trophy in neighborhood during quarantine

Nats GM Mike Rizzo displays Commissioner's Trophy in neighborhood during quarantine

Now this is the type of content we love to see. 

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo found a pretty cool yet responsible way to bring some cheer to his neighborhood in the midst of social distancing on Thursday. 

On the day that should have been the Nats’ 2020 home opener Washington’s GM Mike Rizzo displayed the World Series trophy in the window of his home in Navy Yard.

According to The Washington Post’s reporter Barry Svrluga, Rizzo’s gesture was “in honor of Opening Day!” 

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Of course, fans loved this idea. I mean who wouldn’t? 

Fans passing by even stopped to take a picture with the trophy. 

Although we were all thrilled to return to Nationals Park to celebrate the defending World Champions, Rizzo’s trophy display was a way to spread some joy until we can reunite again. 

On a recent conference call Rizzo told reporters, “This is going to be a very, very special Opening Day for us when it happens, so we still have that to look forward to... On the brighter side, the glass half full view is that we’re the reigning world champions and we still are clutching hard to that trophy. We’ve got ourselves a banner-raising ceremony coming, we’ve got ourselves some beautiful rings that we’re going to be able to wear around D.C. in the very near future, so although we’re thinking daily and hourly about the humanity of what’s going on right now, we also have that to look forward to when we get through this thing and we come out the other side and baseball begins again.”

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