The 2017 Houston Astros still bear the label of World Series champions and it's a title that becomes less legitimate with each passing day. While fans continue to voice their outrage about the team's sign-stealing scandal and how the MLB didn't hand down a harsh enough punishment, players are now speaking up in a big way.
On Saturday, Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner gave his two cents on the Astros' title, saying it's "hard to believe they earned it."
Turner was joined in this condemnation by Dodgers executive Andrew Friedman. When asked if the Astros had shown enough remorse, he said "in my personal opinion, they have not."
Now, players and executives are making comments that directly challenge what has happened. While negative PR was bound to come in the wake of this scandal, the MLB's decisions have now played into weakening the unity of the sport.
If that story can't produce sympathy from every MLB player and fan, who knows what will.
While Turner's and Friedman's comments are not without the bias of being the competitors that the Astros cheated out of a title, they still convey a sentiment that's shared amongst the majority of the baseball community, fanhood and loyalty aside.