The Los Angeles City Council is expected to vote within the next week a resolution urging the Major League Baseball to withdraw the championship trophies presented to the Houston Astros in 2017 and the Boston Red Sox in 2018. ” and award them to the Los Angeles Dodgers. “
Councilman Gil Cedillo, one of the sponsors of the resolution, said he hopes the council will approve it. Until Wednesday night, the city secretary had not yet determined which day the resolution would be put to the vote.
Cedillo, whose district includes Dodger Stadium, said neither the Dodgers nor their constituents had requested the resolution.
“This is a matter of fairness and justice,” Cedillo said. “Who was the best team in 2017? Who was the best team in 2018? They were the Dodgers. They were defeated by teams that were cheating.
“Do they need to be told that they shouldn’t have a degree?”
On Monday, baseball commissioner Rob Manfred ruled that the 2017 Astros had violated MLB rules that prohibited teams from using video technology to steal posters. The 2018 Red Sox are under investigation for a similar violation.
MLB fined the Astros with $ 5 million and suspended manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow. The owner of the Astros then dismissed Hinch and Luhnow. On Tuesday, the Red Sox dismissed their manager, Alex Cora, who was coach of the Astros in 2017 and was cited in the MLB ruling for his role in the Astros poster theft scheme.
MLB declined to comment on the council’s resolution, a league spokesman said Wednesday night.
But the league refused to strip the Astros of their title. MLB officials have not offered a justification, but perhaps they recognized the madness by asking fans to erase their memories of the games that were played. In addition, they avoided the risk of giving the title to the Dodgers and then discovering that they could have done something similar.
“You’re right. We don’t know,” said Cedillo. “But what do we know? You make your decisions about what you know. We know that the Astros cheated, and were favored by it.”
The Dodgers lost to the Astros in the 2017 World Series and against the Red Sox in the 2018 World Series. If Cedillo believes the Dodgers were legitimate champions, would he support using the city’s funds to organize a parade to commemorate those championships?
“I don’t know. That’s a different question,” he said. “I’m focused right now on the Dodgers and Dodgers fans getting justice. The mere recognition is so significant. There has to be recognition that the best baseball team in those two years was the Dodgers. “
Cedillo said the Dodgers, and the people of Los Angeles, were stripped of what they deserved. He said he was not worried about criticism that could rule out his resolution as a publicity stunt.
“Friend, I don’t need publicity,” said Cedillo. “I’ve been in public life for 22 years. These are my constituents.
“If I wasn’t in this position, I would wonder, shouldn’t anyone do something about it?”