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Dodgers News: Dave Roberts Reacts to Recent MLB Comments on Astros Cheating Scandal

Let me take a moment to give you a flashback.

It’s October 2017. The Los Angeles Dodgers are having the best season they’ve had in years. The best season since their reign of dominance over the NL West began. They collected 104 wins over the course of the regular season, cruised to win the National League pennant, and only a talented but upstart Houston Astros team stood in the way on the Dodgers path to their first World Series title since 1988.

But the Astros were able to do what no other team had accomplished. They solved the Dodgers pitching staff — including a prime Clayton Kershaw and Kenley Jansen in Game 5 — en route to beating LA in seven games and taking the title from the Dodgers.

A couple years later, the baseball world found out the Astros won not by pure talent coming through in the big moments, but by a sophisticated sign stealing system involving cameras and an ever-banging trash can.

One would think that a scandal that cuts right into the fabric of the integrity of the game itself would lead to a series of punishments that hadn’t been seen since the Chicago Black Sox scandal of 1919, where eight players were given lifetime bans for throwing the World Series.

That didn’t happen. No players faced punishment, and then-Astros skipper AJ Hinch is now managing the Detroit Tigers.

And Rob Manfred has regrets about that.

The MLB commissioner told Time Magazine with the benefit of hindsight that he wished he hadn’t offered immunity during the investigative process.

“I’m not sure that I would have approached it with giving players immunity. Once we gave players immunity, it puts you in a box as to what exactly you were going to do in terms of punishment. I might have gone about the investigative process without that grant of immunity and see where it takes us. Starting with, I’m not going to punish anybody, maybe not my best decision ever.”

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred via Time Magazine’s Sean Gregory

For his part, current Dodger manager Dave Roberts — who also managed the 2017 Dodgers — took the high road in his reaction to the commissioner’s remarks, while also acknowledging Manfred’s change of heart.

“I don’t think it’s beneficial for me to talk about that. I think that he said it pretty clearly that he might have done things differently as far as how he handled the players.”

Roberts to reporters ahead of Friday night’s game.

It seems like Roberts didn’t want to stoke any more flames with his comments, while also in a subtle way agreeing that immunity should not have been offered.

Dodger fans certainly haven’t forgotten, as members of the 2017 Astros are still greeted with a chorus of boos whenever they play in LA.

And as for now, the Dodgers will continue playing the Astros this weekend in something that certainly feels like so much more than any run of the mill series. The players didn’t receive any formal punishment, but that doesn’t mean that their transgressions will forever go unnoticed.

Matt Wagner

Matt Wagner was born and raised in southern California, and he lived there before moving to Colorado and getting his B.A. in Communications from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in 2022. He relocated back to southern California in 2023 and is looking forward to covering the Dodgers again here at Dodgers Nation. Some of his past work is in Bleacher Report, Dodgers Tailgate, and, most recently, Colorado Buffaloes Wire. Aside from writing, you can probably catch him petting the nearest dog or eating some good Mexican food.


  1. The Astros should have been stripped of there WS title. Total disrespect for the game and the integrity of it. Manfred could and should have at least done that!

    1. 100% agreed! Even if he decided to not punish individual players by granting them immunity, it seems there was nothing preventing him from vacating their title. That was and will continue to be a huge black mark on Manfred when his time as MLB commissioner is over.

  2. Manfred is a joke as the commissioner of MLB!
    Yes, he should have suspended the guilty players, the ones who willingly & knowingly took place in the scheme for a year with no pay.
    Suspended their manager, A.J. Hinch for 2 or 3 years.
    One year suspensions for any member of the coaching staff involved.
    Lifetime suspension for their G.M. and P.O.B.O.
    The World Series title stripped away from them including that worthless hunk of metal, the trophy.
    And finally, a major, hefty fine for the owner/owners! With backing by the 29 other owners!

  3. As the saying goes, karma is a B***h, the Astros have lost two squeekers in a row, it has been sweet to watch the Dodgers come back to show them what real sportsmanship looks like..

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