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Dodgers News: Former Astros Pitcher Not Proud of 2017 World Series Ring

Chalk one up for self-awareness!

Padres pitcher Joe Musgrove, who “won” a World Series with the Southeast Texas Cheating Cheaters in 2017, is hoping to win another one with San Diego this year. Now, that’s not news, because every player wants to win the World Series every year. But Musgrove isn’t motivated by wanting to feel that amazing feeling again; nope, he just wants a ring he can be proud of.

The quote came from a larger story about Musgrove pitching for his hometown Padres, throwing the only no-hitter in the history of the franchise he grew up rooting for, and the struggles he went through as a teenager when his dad was near death with a rare medical condition. The line about the World Series was almost a throwaway line at the end of the article, but it speaks volumes.

Several members of the 2017 Cheaters have issued apologies in one form or another, although others have defiantly and in opposition to established facts remained adamant that they didn’t do anything everyone else wasn’t doing. This has emboldened a subset of the team’s fans to also bury their heads in the sand and scream about being scapegoats. It’s a hard life being that firmly in denial, but they manage.

So it’s refreshing to see Musgrove have the response a normal human would have. My team cheated to win the World Series, and I’m not proud of that. It’s so logical it makes you wonder why more players haven’t taken that public stance.

So good on you, No-No Joe. We don’t share your hope about winning a legitimate ring, but we respect your ability to recognize the illegitimacy of the one you have.

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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.


  1. Joe, why don’t you give your ring back and the money you won. This is hypocritical to say the least. If it bothers you this way, donate the money you won.

    1. He should throw that worthless ring in the garbage and give the money to the Dodgers organization. They will give it to charity. Shame on ALL Houston As*holes players.

  2. I understand the sentiments of both comments and I don’t necessarily disagree with them. However, I do respect Musgrove’s admission of “guilt”. I believe that this just continues to show the complete ineptness and incompetency of MLB. Instead of punishing the offenders, MLB took the easy way out and did nothing —- regardless of what they say. It’s much easier.

  3. He needs to get over it. He should have said something at the time. He should return the ring and the money he made for being in the series. That way he can have his conscience clear.

  4. Addressing two of these comments…A.) MLB didn’t do “nothing”. We obviously cheated and the punishment was the loss of draft capitol, fines, and internally losing our manager and GM. We accepted the punishment and if the title would have been stripped, we would have accepted that also…..but they DIDN’T so you/Dodgers fans sound like the A*Sholes. B.) If Musgrove and Fiers are soooo ashamed and morally compromised, why haven’t the Astros organization received a tidy box in the mail containing their WS rings and a cashiers check for their bonuses???? Because they are hypocrites and know that saying things like that make them seem magnanimous and likable to whoever they are infront of or playing for. Let it go….just let it go.

    1. Tired of being called out for cheating…? It’s not ending anytime soon. So just live with it or let it go… just let it go… 😀

      1. This will always be remembered !! & they will always be known for taking the world series away from Dodgers by cheating ALWAYS

    1. The idea literally came from another team… cough… cough Yankees cough … via Beltran. It was even said as such in the report. Stop it with the oh they are just denying it. They are in fact scape goats. All 60 years of the franchise have been nothing but disrespect from the rest of the league. You know Nolan Ryan never got a Cy Young!

  5. More dodger whines- you couldn’t even win at your own ballpark. Your excuses are petulant.

  6. Cheaters lmfao… Your a sour puss.. the tanks , red Sox everyone was doing something to gain an edge …you know you where that kid that snitched on every one… SOUR PUSS

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