It’s official: the Dodgers were tricked by the 2017 World Series title

For three years we have asked ourselves, and now we know it.

How did the Houston Astros hitters hit three of the best Dodgers pitchers so easily in two key games in Houston in the 2017 World Series?

How did Yu Darvish shatter so easily during four races in the second inning of a Game 3 Astros victory? How did they manage to score 10 runs effortlessly against Clayton Kershaw and Brandon Morrow in the Game 5 victory?

They cheated, that’s how.

They used technology in Minute Maid Park to steal the Dodgers posters. Their batters knew what pitches would come. They threw themselves happily upon them. They accumulated 18 races with 26 hits and six homers in two wins that changed the series and now have indelibly marked an asterisk in an event spoiled forever by a disgusting truth.

The Dodgers were taken out of the 2017 World Series championship.

This is not sour grapes. This is not revisionist history. This is now and forever after a Major League Baseball investigation revealed Monday that the Astros used technology to cheat during their championship season.

MLB suspended both Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch for a year. They were quickly fired by Astros owner Jim Crane. MLB also fined the organization with $ 5 million and stripped it of two seasons of first and second round draft picks, but has not yet addressed the real damage.

The Dodgers were fired from a championship that would have ended with a 29-year drought, and what will the MLB do about it?

The Dodgers may not claim the title. That damage is already done. That parade has already been lost. But the Astros should be forced to return the Commissioner’s Trophy to Commissioner Rob Manfred at this time, vacate the title and leave that space in the log books as empty as the integrity of the organization.

The Dodgers did not win it on the field, but history should always notice that no one beat them.

Clearly, nobody knows what would have happened if the Astros had not cheated. And, yes, the record will show that the Dodgers finally lost the World Series in a landslide of Game 7 at Dodger Stadium that didn’t involve Astros’s confirmed tech trap.

But judging by the oddities of those three intermediate games in Houston – something was strangely wrong with Darvish, Kershaw and Morrow – there should never have been a Game 7. If the Astros had not cheated in Houston, he says that here the Dodgers would have won The series in six.

The nine-page commissioner’s report details how the Astros stole the receivers’ signs during the 2017 season by picking them up on a television channel and broadcasting them to hitters hitting a trash can, confirming an earlier admission by former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers to Atlético.

Jim Thompson illustrates MLB's poster theft investigations around the Houston Astros and the Boston Red Sox.

Jim Thompson illustrates MLB’s poster theft investigations around the Houston Astros and the Boston Red Sox.

(Jim Thomspon / For the times)

More cruelly, perhaps, the report notes that former Dodgers player Alex Cora, who was then coach of the Astros, organized everything when he “arranged for a video room technician to install a monitor that showed the power of the chamber of the central field immediately outside the shelter of the Astros. “

Players could easily see the receiver’s signals, decode them and then transmit the information by hitting a trash can with a bat to indicate which pitch was approaching.

This could help explain not only how the Astros won eight of nine home games during that postseason, but also specifically how they could have defeated three Dodgers pitchers.

Darvish entered his start of Game 3 with a 1.59 ERA in two previous postseason starts with the Dodgers. However, with the noise of the trash cans that apparently filled the booth, he allowed four runs in the second inning.

Kershaw had thrown the best great game of his career in the first game of the series by allowing a run in seven innings, striking out 11 and not scoring any. However, in Game 5, with the canoe television on, he gave up a four-run lead and a three-run lead while he was hit for six runs in 4 2/3 innings.

Morrow allowed two runs in 12 1/3 previous postseason entries, but suddenly in Game 5 he couldn’t leave, allowing four runs in a home run, single, double and home run.

The Dodgers lost two of three in Houston, limped back to Los Angeles after three games to two in the series, and never regained their mojo.

By stealing the series, the Astros also stole pieces of reputation. The two defeats in Houston encouraged the narrative that Darvish was a choker, that Kershaw could not throw in October and that manager Dave Roberts had trouble in the big games because he abused Morrow.

Okay, Darvish blew Game 7, Kershaw has continued his anguish in October and Roberts is still under fire. But if the Dodgers had won that series, wouldn’t everyone have taken the heat off? Would the two postseason failures have been seen with such disgust?

Maybe Darvish is still a Dodger. Maybe Kershaw had lost his terrible October reputation. Maybe Roberts gets a stronger contract extension and less boos.

On Monday night, the Dodgers issued a statement that said: “Major League Baseball has asked all clubs not to comment on the punishment of the Houston Astros today, as it is inappropriate to comment on the discipline imposed on another club “. The Dodgers have also been asked not to comment on any crime during the 2017 World Series and will have no further comments at this time. “

A former Dodger intervened anyway on Monday.

“If the Dodgers are planning a 2017 World Series parade, I would love to join,” Darvish tweeted. “So, if that is in process, can anyone make me a Jersey Yu Garbage?”

It’s funny, but it isn’t. The Astros tricked the Dodgers, hungry for titles, from much more than a championship. They stole a legacy. They stole the story. They changed the sports narrative of this city forever.

Seriously, why is the Commissioner’s Trophy still in his Houston offices? Why can’t they at least have the decency to return it?

Better yet, the useless should be thrown into a dump that the Dodgers can hit with a bat.

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