Bellinger: “I thought Manfred’s punishment was weak, giving them immunity. I mean these guys were cheating for three years. I think what people don’t realize is Altuve stole an MVP from Judge in ’17. Everyone knows they stole the ring from us.”
For the uninitiated, the Astros beat the Dodgers in seven games in the 2017 World Series, a season in which MLB’s investigation proved that they used technology to steal signs and use a trash can to relay what pitches were coming to their hitters. In that same season, Altuve beat out Judge for the AL MVP, though the vote wasn’t very close.
Bellinger’s take is very different from Dodgers manager Dave Roberts saying Thursday that he’s moving on. (But he did say he believes in karma). Bellinger, meanwhile, apparently believes in calling out the Astros for their cheating — and plenty of fans outside of Houston will probably applaud him for it.