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Dodgers Fans React to Astros Player Caught Cheating in World Series

It’s no surprise that the Astros are being accused of cheating yet again. From leaning into pitches to rubbing of hands on jerseys between pitches and finally getting called out for using an illegal bat. It’s the same stuff just different days. 

The most recent thing to set Twitter off has been somethat that Tom Verducci shared during his broadcast of Game 2 of the World Series between the Astros and the Phillies. 

As Martin Maldonado walks up to the plate for the first time in Game 2, the longtime baseball broadcaster had this to say:

“Maldonado is using a different bat today. He found out from MLB that the bat he used he used last night was not a legal bat. It was a model he obtained from Albert Pujols. And he used it because he thought it was very similar in size and weifght to his own model except the barrel was slightly bigger. He also thought it was a way to honor the baseball legend.” 

He also goes on to explain that MLB rules changed in 2010 which made that specific model no longer legal however it was grandfathered in making it legal for Pujols to use but not Maldonado who started his MLB career in 2011. 

But Maldonando was sure to know this before he used the bat in Game 1 right? Maybe not. 

We asked DodgersNation what they thought about the situation and here’s what some of them had to say. 

The fact of the matter is this: Maldonado, who batted .186 this season and is a career .209 hitter in 12 seasons, went 1-for-3 with an RBI single while using the AP5 bat in Houston’s Game 1 loss to the Phillies. In Game 2, he went 0-for-3 with 2 strikeouts. So it might not seem like a big deal bit it’s the fact of the matter that the Astros will do whatever it takes to win. 

Some things just never change for Houston and we’re just waiting for the day we can get revenge and secure another World Series title that should have been ours back in 2017. 

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  1. Fwiw the bat was outlawed not because it gave batters any advantage, but because of its propensity to shatter. Bats made of the same wood but treated differently are legal. Let’s at least try to be fair. The more ridiculous these cheating accusations become, the less serious people will take the real, actual cheating in the recent past.

  2. Facts – The sun will come up every day in the east and set in the west and the Astros will cheat.

    There’s no news here, just one more example of an ongoing systemic failure to follow the rules by one club – THE ASTROS

  3. Since nothing happens to the Astro players that cheat, can the Commish at least make them change their name to the Houston cheaters!!!

  4. I love how all the whiney lil b*tches have nothing to say about Pujols using it EVERY YEAR…BTW… where did the Astros win game 7 of the WS in 2017? I forget. How come people aren’t crying for baseball to vacate all the championships in the 90s when 8 out of 9 players in their lineup were lit up like the 4th of July on roids? Gimme a break. Also, Boston and NY were found out to be cheating the same year. Cry me a river @ Dodger fans. Go spend more money to lose in the playoffs….again.

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