CLEVELAND — They didn’t have the “smoking gun,” but Mike Clevinger and Trevor Bauer were just waiting for the bombshell to drop. Eventually, Mike Fiers dropped it, and what many players thought became reality.
The Houston Astros cheating scandal that has rocked baseball and spurred several angry responses from players around the league, and especially many pitchers — Clevinger and Bauer among them — has resulted in a domino effect. Several teams lost their managers because they had ties to the allegations and MLB’s findings. The Astros were hit with a slew of penalties (including a $5 million fine that Clevinger called “laughable” for a billion-dollar franchise). And further rumors have come to light regarding buzzing devices possibly being used by hitters.
The thought was there that something might be going on. Clevinger was just waiting for it to fall apart, adding that they didn’t have the “smoking gun” to put all the pieces together.
“I mean me and Trevor Bauer since 2017 have been waiting, [saying that] there’s no way they can keep this glued together,” Clevinger said Friday night ahead of Saturday’s TribeFest. “There’s no way everyone’s going to keep…