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Andrew Heaney on the Astros: ‘I hope they feel like sh**’

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This morning I wrote about how Rob Manfred’s handling of the Astros sign-stealing scandal has been inadequate. There can be no better evidence for that than the increasing number of angry reactions from players on other teams who do not feel like the matter is in any way settled.

The latest example, Andrew Heaney of the Los Angeles Angels, who took profane issue with the Astros’ conduct, their reaction in the fallout of it, and who said he expected the Astros to “hide behind the commissioner’s report” rather than take accountability for their actions.

Heaney, speaking to the Angels’ beat writers a little bit ago:

“I’m not going to make excuses for those guys. I know how it is. You get caught up in something. I’m sure they look back now and say ‘oh f*** we really took that overboard.’ But I think somebody in that locker room had to have enough insight to say this is not OK. I haven’t read all the latest s*** to know what everybody’s writing about. I don’t know how much is true. But somebody in that locker room had to say ‘This is f***ed up. We shouldn’t be doing this.’ For nobody to stand up and nobody to say ‘we’re cheating other player,’ that sucks. That’s a sh***y feeling for everybody. I hope they feel like s***

Heaney was then asked about the Astros’ apologies, to the extent any have come forth:

“They sure as s*** need to do more than what they already did. That was terrible. I understand they are going to get their s*** in order and they are going to have their thing to say, and they are going to hide behind the commissioner’s report and whatever, but I don’t think that’s good enough.”

Again: if players and the rest of the league felt like the matter was properly investigated, properly handled, and punishment was properly leveled, I doubt we’d be seeing these sorts of reactions. We’d be seeing a lot more “it is what it is,” and some less-heated verbiage from these guys.

For now, though? Anger and the sense that this is not at all settled seems to be carrying the day.

Rumor: MLB execs discussing 100-game season that would begin July 1

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Matt Spiegel of 670 The Score Chicago heard from a source that Major League Baseball executives have been discussing a 100-game season that would begin on July 1 and conclude on October 15. It would essentially pick up the second half schedule, eliminating the All-Star Game while hosting the World Series at a neutral warm-weather stadium — ideally Dodger Stadium.

In the event the Dodgers, who won 106 games last year, made it all the way through the playoffs, the World Series would be hosted in Anaheim or San Diego. The earlier rounds of the playoffs would be played in the cities of the teams involved, which might be tough since the postseason would extend into November.

Spiegel went on to describe this vision as “an absolute best case scenario,” and that’s accurate. In order for the regular season to begin on July 1, the players would need to have several weeks if not a full month prior to get back into playing shape — more or less an abbreviated second spring training. And that would mean the U.S. having made significant progress against the virus by way of herd immunity or a vaccine, which would allow for nonessential businesses to resume operations. The U.S., sadly, is faring not so well compared to other nations around the world for a variety of reasons, but all of which point to a return to normalcy by the summer seeming rather unlikely.

Regardless, the league does have to plan for the potential of being able to start the regular season this summer just in case things really do break right and offer that opportunity. Commissioner Rob Manfred has stated multiple times about the league’s need to be creative, referring to ideas like playing deep into the fall, changing up the location of games, playing without fans in attendance, etc. This rumor certainly fits the “creative” mold.