Houston Astros: Dusty Baker conducts his first order of business

Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker conducted his first order of business for the MLB with some sharp words. What did he say? Let’s take a dive into it.

The Houston Astros have an incredible mountain to climb this season amid all of the news of their sign-stealing scandal that took place back during the 2017-18 campaigns.  Just about every opponent that they faced those season on their road to the title has rebuked the Houston Astros for their role in a happening that has rocked the world of baseball forever.

In just a short amount of time, the Houston Astros have gone from heroes to hypocrites with many opponents wanting to take away the franchise lone championship title.  They want it vacated, invalidated and written off the history books like it never happened.

This has caused an unprecedented amount of animosity toward the Houston Astros that is almost certain to spill over into the season.  I’m afraid that with every single one of the 162 games that the Houston Astros will partake in this season, they’ll be on the defense even if another team — the Boston Red Sox — is being investigated for the same dealings back in the 2018 season when they won the title as well.

This absolutely cannot continue because it’s going to steer away from the focus of the game itself to an agenda for the Houston Astros’ opponents to get even in any way that they can.

The franchise knows this and that’s why they have brought in Dusty Baker to provide a strong, steady hand to what will be a tumultuous season up ahead.  They wanted someone who had been through adversity, having gone through a personal scandal himself and being able to successfully rise above it.

Baker had strong words for the MLB today and here’s what he told the media after today’s training session via FOX 26’s Mark Berman:

He also added this:

Baker is absolutely correct in his assessment.  The league has to do something or else things are going to get out-of-hand once the league starts its season.  Players are going to be prompted to clear the bench every game because all of the anguish and hate toward this team will have to have some sort of release and what not a better time to do that?

Freedom of speech is important but this type is maximizing harm to an organization that has paid

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its price by the way of firings, fines and draft picks.

We’ve seen Cody Bellinger, Trevor Bauer — who’s been a staunch opponent of this organization for quite some time — and most recently 100-year-old Kurt Suzuki, lash out at the Houston Astros’ strategy for having an advantage in each game that they played.

The MLB needs to start fining players and doling out suspensions if they continue to do this because the Houston Astros have done quite the opposite of what the rest of the league — those who have been vocal — is doing.

Just like Rob Manfred dropped the hammer on the Houston Astros, he needs to do the same for those who dropped it even more in the court of public opinion.

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We’ll have to see how this goes…

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