The Astros cheating scandal will long linger over baseball

Major League Baseball has a glorious history. It also has many shameful acts and heinous periods that are inextricably embedded in its lore. The “gentleman’s agreement,” an unwritten pact between owners not to sign Black players prior to Jackie Robinson breaking the League’s color barrier, in this writer’s view is far and away the most egregious stain on the game’s legacy.

Gambling scandals and the abuse of illegal performance-enhancing substances have also tainted baseball. The Houston Astros’ unethical use of technology to steal signs, helping them make it to the World Series in 2017, defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers four games to three to become champions, and then surging to another Game 7 in the World Series last season, in which they lost to the Washington Nationals, has taken its place among the game’s ugliest episodes.

There have been severe consequences and fallout. Astros manager A.J. Hinch was suspended for one year by MLB and then fired by owner Jim Crane. General manager Jeff Luhnow was also suspended for one year and fired by Crane. The team forfeited their first- and second-round draft picks for the next two years and were fined five…

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