"I don't think it hurts more now than it did three years ago when we lost the Series".
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts echoed the feelings of some of his players in the wake of stark revelations about the Houston Astros' illegal use of technology to steal signs throughout the 2017 season. "We just thought it was just rumors, but I guess not".
Astros owner Jim Crane promptly fired Luhnow and Hinch, and the Boston Red Sox and New York Mets subsequently parted ways with Alex Cora and Carlos Beltran, respectively. The team was also fined $5 million. Red Sox manager Alex Cora also was sacked, as he was the Astros bench coach in 2017 and was found to have helped develop the scheme.
"'Frustrating, '" Roberts said, "is probably the floor of my emotions".
"It's really frustrating if you look at what could've happened", Roberts said.
Roberts considers himself a close friend of Hinch, who expressed his displeasure over the sign-stealing system by damaging the video monitor on two occasions, according to MLB's report. "I don't think it's personal".
Thanks but no thanks, third baseman Justin Turner said.
"We don't want a trophy, we don't want a fake banner hanging in our stadium", he said. "We didn't earn it".
"They have not", Friedman said regarding both questions. "Just not 100% sure if they should be called champions for the rest of their lives".
Speaking on Saturday at a White Sox fan convention in Chicago, former Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal compared the Astros to another world champion that's been penalized for cheating.
Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman was asked if any members of the Astros have reached out to apologize and whether they have publicly shown enough remorse.
Turner said the players want to experience everything that goes along with winning a World Series, including dog-piling on the field after the final out, popping Champagne in the clubhouse, and parading through the city's streets.
"We want to do it the right way", he said.