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Dodgers Reporter Dave Vassegh Talks Joc Pederson’s Thoughts on Astros Scandal

Joc Pederson recently discussed his thoughts on the Houston Astros cheating scandal that has shocked the sports world and the analysis continued on the Petros and Money Show with AM570 Dodger Talk host David Vassegh.

Here is the audio from the show, with their breakdown of the Astros scandal featuring Vassegh. The conversation starts at the ~29:44 mark.

Joc Pederson’s Initial Reaction

Pederson had his initial reaction last week at the Dodgers 15th annual Thanksgiving turkey hand out event at Dodger Stadium. Moreover, his gut feeling was something close to a gut punch.

“There is a lot that has come out. It is really unfortunate. It brings back a really bad feeling to your stomach like when we lost.”

With Vassegh, the outfielder expanded while resigning himself to the fact that  “it’s over with” no matter what punishment comes down from baseball.

Say you strip [the Astros] of a World Series title and gave the Dodgers a World Series title then it was like… it’s not like there would be a parade, like, you wouldn’t really celeb — I don’t know… it’s over with.

They got away with something and that’s just the way it goes.

Pederson understandably was upset but did his best to keep it even keel. However, Dave Vassegh acknowledged that players from the 2017 team are absolutely upset.

“Talking to a lot of guys on that team,” Vassegh said, “they felt like that was their best team over the course of the two World Series that they played in. They felt like that was the World Series that they definitely should have won — not only is it tough for the guys that are still playing, but think about a guy like Andre Ethier.

That was his last chance to win a World Series… a lot of those teammates acknowledge the fact that ‘not only did you cheat to win that World Series, but also you took away opportunities from guys that never got that chance again.'”

Petros and Money Weigh In

On the Petros and Money Show, Matt “Money” Smith weighed in on what he believes to be somewhat of an attempt at Major League Baseball covering up the sign stealing earlier in 2019. Pederson shared his feelings on that topic as well.

“They know what’s going on. I think that’s why this year you saw an eight-second, minimum, delay on all feeds. Because of that. They knew what was going on, so they did something to try and protect it. With a delay, it wouldn’t have been possible to do what [the Astros] did — or were accused of doing.”


All in all, it seems dirty and where there is smoke, there is fire. At this point in time, there is just simply too much smoke to look past the possibility of large-scale cheating by the Houston Astros — now we wait for MLB commissioner Rob Manfred to levy punishment.

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. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred needs to make this historic cheating scandal against the Houston Astro right for MLB, LA Dodgers and the Fans. By stripping the 2017 World Series trophy and giving it to the LA Dodgers because they are worthy of the World Series title Also The celebration and the parade should be monumental and bring back all the 2017 team players and coaches to participate in this celebration.

    1. NODH, while that obviously won’t happen, I just don’t believe any punishment by MLB will involve stripping the Astros of their WS title. I also don’t believe any fan here would welcome MLB giving that 2017 title outright to the Dodgers. While the Astros apparently cheated their way to a WS ring. Dodgers still IMHO didn’t completely earn it themselves either. And I believe you know why as well. If in fact they were to be stripped of their WS title, I would be perfectly OK with 2017 being a season in which no team really earned a title and would thus remain void of any WS winner.

      1. I agree on that I do not want a title that none of us actually got to experience or celebrate. I think the punishment should be banishments, heavy fines, big penalties in the draft and their title taken away but not given to us

  2. The 2017 World Series never felt right from a Dodgers fan’s perspective, it was a combination of strategical errors and lack of offense but when we were rolling the Astros always had an answer. And Kershaw was lights out at Dodger Stadium, but similar to the Cardinals NLCS game 6 in 2013 (Carlos Beltran?), Kershaw had an uncharacteristic short outing on the road in game 2. It was just frustrating and made no sense. If the Astros earned it, they earned it. But if there was cheating the series likely never would have gone 7 and its brutal to think that the torture was manufactured.

  3. They got away with something and that’s just how it goes…………….

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