New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is the latest in the long line of people saying that they’ve been wronged by the Houston Astros’ cheating during the 2017 season.
Tanaka, whose Yankees team lost to the Astros in the American League Championship Series in seven games, reported to spring training Monday and echoed a few of his teammates in saying the Yankees were cheated out of a World Series title that year.
He confirmed as much to Erik Boland of Newsday:
Does Tanaka feel “cheated” of the 2017 WS title, as some of his teammates from that team have expressed? “I do feel that way, yeah.” pic.twitter.com/GsgI7vmdd6— Erik Boland (@eboland11) February 10, 2020
Tanaka joins now-retired Yankees teammate CC Sabathia in protesting the Astros title. Sabathia said last month that the Astros’ World Series should be vacated.
Major League Baseball punished team executives, docked the Astros draft picks and fined them $5 million, the maximum allowable. But plenty of anger toward the Astros persists around the league.
Expect to hear a lot of these types of questions and a lot more players speaking out in the next few days as players report to spring training. But it’s the Yankees — along with the Los Angeles Dodgers — that have the strong gripe against the Astros. Both teams took Houston to seven games in their respective series.
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