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Sean Doolittle calls for 'transparency' after new report details start of Astros scandal

Sean Doolittle calls for 'transparency' after new report details start of Astros scandal

A recent report released by The Wall Street Journal revealed that it was a Houston Astros intern who initially introduced the team's sign-stealing system to then-general manager Jeff Luhnow in 2016. In a PowerPoint presentation, the intern showed Luhnow an Excel-based application called "Codebreaker," which was developed by the front office with an algorithm that could decode opposing catchers' signs. This was the genesis of the team's sign-stealing scandal that cost both Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch their jobs.

The new information counters MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred’s official report which stated that the Astros’ front office did not have a part in the cheating scandal, and at least one player wants answers. Nationals pitcher Sean Doolittle is calling for transparency and accountability from MLB and those involved in the scandal. Doolittle took to Twitter to express his frustration. 

“The integrity of the game is at stake and players and fans deserve some answers,” Doolittle said in his first of several tweets.

According to the Journal, a letter Manfred sent to Luhnow on Jan. 2 outlined the findings. “Codebreaker” was used in real-time by the video room staff and the team’s baseball ops, and that information was shared with hitters. Additionally, the Journal is reporting that “Codebreaker” was used not only at home, but on the road. 

Doolittle is calling for an apology from not only the MLB but from players and those who were involved in the cheating scandal. 

“We want an apology, some transparency and accountability - real answers from people taking real responsibility for letting down the game of baseball,” he said.

In another tweet, he said: “Past outcomes are being second guessed and even future games will be cast in doubt.”

Major League Baseball’s January report on the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal stated that the effort was “entirely player-driven.” The report stated that besides former Astros bench coach Alex Cora, no non-player staff had been involved. 

In his first public comments since being fired, Hinch took responsbility for his part, saying he didn't "initiate or endorse it" but had a responsiblity to end it as the manager. During MLB’s probe, Luhnow denied having any knowledge of the Astros’ misconduct.

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Adam Eaton and Sean Doolittle are pumped for Stephen Strasburg's record contract

Adam Eaton and Sean Doolittle are pumped for Stephen Strasburg's record contract

When you become the highest-paid pitcher in the history of baseball, you start to generate quite the reaction. 

For Stephen Strasburg, who signed a seven-year, $245 million contract to return to the Nationals Monday, the reaction from his teammates has been all positive.

Adam Eaton and Sean Doolittle were the first to congratulate their World Series MVP. 

Strasburg opted out of the remaining four years and $100 million of the seven-year, $175 million deal he signed in 2016 after a legendary postseason run and the best regular season of his career. 

It's yet to be seen how the Nationals fill out the rest of their roster, but whoever's on the roster come March 26, they'll surely be glad to see Strasburg take the mound every fifth day. 

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Sean Doolittle believes 'this has the chance to be the best year of any of our careers'

Sean Doolittle believes 'this has the chance to be the best year of any of our careers'

Scroll down to listen to Todd Dybas' full interview with Nationals reliever, Sean Doolittle, on the Racing Presidents podcast.

To call the Nationals 2019 season 'interesting' would be an extreme understatement. The team started slowly, sporting a 19-31 record at one point - GM Davey Martinez' job was being called for, Anthony Rendon was the hot name in trade rumors and there wasn't a ton of hope for a postseason run. But the Nationals got back on track and are now playing in the Wild Card game on Tuesday.

"What a wild ride," Doolittle told NBC Sports Washington's Todd Dybas in the latest episode of the Racing Presidents podcast. "It's probably been the most challenging year of my career, and we're going to the playoffs so it still has the chance to be the best year of any of our careers."  

The Nats clinched home-field advantage in the NL wild-card game after their seventh straight victory Saturday against the Cleveland Indians and the postgame celebration after clinching the wild-card spot was epic.

"That champagne celebration the other night was different from any of the other celebrations I've been lucky enough to be a part of," Doolittle said. "The group that we have recognizes how difficult it is to make the playoffs at all, let alone coming from where we were in May."

The Nationals are 72-38 since May 23rd, the best record in the NL, and will take on the Milwaukee Brewers Tuesday at Nationals Park. 

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