The Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal has been nothing short of disastrous for everyone involved. The revelation, investigation, punishment and subsequent apologies were handled poorly, and both the team and the league came out of it all in bad shape. And even on Valentine's Day, there's no love to be found from one of the game's best players. After the Astros' lackluster apologies on Thursday, Los Angeles Dodgers superstar Cody Bellinger absolutely laid into the team, owner Jim Crane and commissioner Rob Manfred for how this has all unfolded.
Bellinger was sure to drive home the point that the Astros irreparably changed the course of baseball history with their sign-stealing scheme.
"I thought Manfred's punishment was weak, giving them immunity," Bellinger said. "I mean these guys were cheating for three years. i think what people don't realize is Altuve stole an MVP from Judge in '17. Everyone knows they stole a ring from us."
Bellinger was also insulted by Crane's statements, saying that it's "just wild" that he could possibly say that the sign-stealing didn't impact the game.
It's hard to blame Bellinger for being so brash in his distaste for Manfred and the Houston Astros. His Dodgers missed out on a title in 2017 because the Astros knew what was coming.
Plenty of players around the league have been directly impacted by this scandal. They've missed out on awards, titles and of course, paychecks.
"I lost respect for those guys. I would say everyone in the Show, in the big leagues, lost respect for those guys."
He's absolutely right that the Astros lost the respect of the baseball community. They took the integrity of the game and chucked it into the wood-chipper. Now they're paying the price for that.