In an essay published Wednesday in The Players’ Tribune, Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer detailed his thoughts on the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal. Bauer, who has long been an outspoken critic of the Astros, writes that he wishes he would have been wrong when he claimed in 2018 that Houston was cheating. At the time, he alleged the Astros pitchers were using an illegal substance to increase their spin rates, but he said what is now known about Houston’s cheating is among the biggest stain’s on baseball in the sport’s history.
“Personally I think that what’s going on in baseball now is up there with the Black Sox scandal, and that it will be talked about forever—more so than steroids,” Bauer writes. “Like the steroid era, you can say what you want about it, but steroids weren’t really illegal at the time.
“The sign-stealing that was going on in Houston, though, was blatantly illegal. And with the rules that were implemented last year and the year before — that, by the way, were then still broken — it was very clear.”
News regarding the team’s illicit sign-stealing scheme has dominated baseball conversations since the end of the 2019 season. On Jan. 13, commissioner…