MLB Notebook: Astros’ Baker Concerned as Criticism Continues


New Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker is concerned opposing pitchers will retaliate against his players by hitting them with pitches in the wake of the team’s sign-stealing scandal.

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling said Friday there will be a time and a place for retaliation from the mound. Cleveland Indians pitcher Mike Clevinger previously declared Astros hitters won’t have comfortable at-bats in the early part of the season.

“I’m depending on the league to try to put a stop to this seemingly premeditated retaliation that I’m hearing about,” Baker told reporters Saturday, according to ESPN. “And in most instances in life, you get kind of reprimanded when you have premeditated anything. I’m just hoping that the league puts a stop to this before somebody gets hurt.”

As spring training gets underway, many players have delivered critical takes on the Astros’ system in 2017 to steal pitchers’ signs and relay what pitch is coming to their batters. Houston ended up winning the World Series that year, winning a Game 7 over the Dodgers.

–Just days after apologizing for what some consider the biggest cheating scandal in baseball history, the Astros are lashing back at their…

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