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Dodgers offer a pointed ‘no comment’ in the wake of the Astros’ punishment

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Ever since the sign-stealing stuff first came up, people have talked about those who were victimized by it. The opposing pitchers who unwittingly threw pitches that the hitters knew were coming. The teams the Astros beat who, we know now, were subject to an unfair disadvantage. Bill talked a good deal about that yesterday.

Given that both the 2017 Astros and the 2018 Red Sox have been implicated in the scandal, one’s thoughts naturally turn to the 2017-18 Los Angeles Dodgers, who lost the 2017 and 2018 World Series to the Astros and Red Sox, respectively. It’s one thing to think about dropping a random Tuesday night game in August at Minute Maid or Fenway, but to lose in the Fall Classic, at least in part because the opponent was cheating, is a tough pill to swallow.

Major League Baseball knows that, so yesterday they wisely told all 30 of the clubs — the Dodgers included — that they were not to comment on the Astros’ punishment. Makes sense: this scandal goes to the heart of the integrity of the game, which the league has a vested interest in protecting. If the Astros’ competitors are out there fanning the flames of a cheating scandal, it’d be hard for the league to do what it wants to do: portray this as an aberration that was quickly nipped in the bud.

Last night the Dodgers tweeted something that followed the letter of MLB’s “do not comment” diktat, but to me anyway, they amusingly strayed from its spirt:

Maybe I’m just online too much, but that whole thing reads like the old meme which, in this case, says “My ‘we’re not going to comment about how we were totally ripped off in the 2017 World Series’ T-shirt has people asking a lot of questions already answered by my shirt.”

Report: MLB, MLBPA discussing potential to play all games in Arizona

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Per Ronald Blum of the Associated Press, Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have been discussing the idea of playing the 2020 season entirely in Arizona. The state has 10 spring training parks as well as Chase Field, home to the Diamondbacks. MLB suspended the 2020 season last month as the U.S. began to deal with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

This certainly comes as no surprise as commissioner Rob Manfred has suggested the need to potentially get “creative” if MLB is to have a season. Other ideas have included running the season deep into the fall, hosting games in mostly warm-weather states, and making use of frequent doubleheaders.

For many reasons, the U.S. has not done well to date dealing with the pandemic, so it is quite optimistic to expect sports to return at any point in the near future. That being said, agent Scott Boras, who spoke to Blum, suggested baseball’s return could provide “a necessary product that gives all the people that are isolated enjoyment.” He added that that product would be “inspirational to our country.”

MLB and all of its associated interests stand to lose significant amounts of money the longer the season is delayed, which is why many are champing at the bit for the schedule to resume. Presumably, any resumption of the schedule would require that games not be played in front of fans.