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Dodgers: Kenley Jansen Talks Astros Cheating Scandal with The Athletic

The Astros cheating scandal appears to still be the talk of the town (or Major League Baseball) and it might not go away any time soon.

Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen shared his thoughts and opinions on the scandal in a recent column by Molly Knight of The Athletic and he isn’t too happy. Many other pitchers around Major League Baseball, some who requested anonymity, weighed in as well.

Here is the exact quote from Kenley Jansen for those who do not have a subscription to The Athletic:

“If you find out some teams cheated and they have to pay a big fine or someone is banned forever or they lose their job … they can’t be in this game.”

Jansen is right. This seems to be the likeliest outcome with Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow, former coach Alex Cora, and new manager Carlos Beltran potentially in major trouble with the league. This type of activity does not help pitchers obviously, and Jansen was one of those affected in the 2017 World Series.

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An anonymous MLB pitching coach also stated their opinion in Knight’s piece:

“If MLB doesn’t hammer these guys, then other teams are gonna keep doing it. There’s always gonna be incentive to cheat if the reward outweighs punishment.”

Sean Doolittle of the Washington Nationals, a well-regarded baseball mind, is not too fond, either:

“It’s cheating.”

This issue will not go away until suspensions, fines, and draft pick losses are handed out — at least it shouldn’t be swept under the rug.

NEXT: 2017 World Series Woes Return with Astros Cheating Allegations

Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 19 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.


  1. Such heartless, selfish cheaters.Imagine the careers that have been affected, the families, the relationships. Imagine the inner thoughts of a pitcher losing a big game, the self questioning and anguish. I can still picture Kershaw sitting on the bench, all alone, head in his hands. Yes, punishments should be severe.

  2. God please kill them all for all the pain they have caused the victims, the fans and players alike who were affected

  3. If the title is not stripped from the Astros, what good is punishment? A man steals a million dollars (Astros 2017 title), goes to jail for it (Astros players suspended) and when he gets out (Astros players let back in league), he’s still living off the money he stole (Astros keep title)?
    Where are the ethics in MLB? The corruption stretches all the way to Manfred.

    1. That’s why they should be banned for life If they don’t want to strip a title for whatever reason

  4. In March of 1999, my favorite boxer, Lennox Lewis, fought Evander Holyfield, for the undisputed heavyweight championship title. Lewis beat Holyfield to a pulp; it wasn’t even a close contest, but after the final bell, the judges called it a draw. It was the most clear case of rigging in sports I had ever seen at that point, and, while I was a huge boxing fan to that point, it turned me off on the sport altogether, and I didn’t make a point to watch a single fight after that day. To me, it was a blatant case of frauding the fans of the sport. If the Astros get a slap on the wrist for all they have done, I think I will do the same for MLB. As a fan, you need to trust that things are on the up and up.

    1. Open your eyes things are not on the up and up for any of these major sports leagues there’s rigging and sometimes flat out scripting especially in the big games. I think this scandal is a cover up and a way to distract the populace. That 2017 postseason was already questioned by many because of Hurricane Harvey and the obvious rigging for Houston with the extra wide strike zone their pitchers got throughout the whole playoffs

  5. As a hardcore Dodgers fan, I find this infuriatingly disgusting. But even if I was not a Dodgers fan, what an affront to the game of baseball. Just the thought of the Astros, specifically Josh Reddick, basking in their (what was apparently undeserved) glory is now truly absurd. The only consolation (and its not enough) I have, as a Dodgers fan and lover of baseball, is that these losers did not take it this year.

  6. look on the bright side Astros fans. You at least get to have another chance to see your team Win their way to their first WS title. . .

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