The Los Angeles Dodgers had largely avoided questions pertaining to Major League Baseball finding the Houston Astros electronically stole signs during their 2017 World Series run, but that changed Saturday at Dodger Stadium.
The annual Dodgers FanFest event saw president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman, manager Dave Roberts, Kiké Hernandez, Ross Stripling, Justin Turner and several other players peppered with questions about the Astros’ misconduct.
Friedman doesn’t believe the Astros had shown enough remorse, Roberts suggested his friendship with AJ Hinch remains intact, and players struck a balance between voicing frustration and moving on.
Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten was not among those to appear at Dodger Stadium, but a statement provided to Evan Drellich of The Athletic, made it clear he is still searching for answers:
“We got the report. We read the report. We accepted the report. The next day, we went right back to building the best team we could to win a World Series in 2020.
“As to anything more than that: let’s remember, this investigation isn’t over. And I really want to wait until it’s over to find out the things we don’t know. I’d like to have answers to many questions about what happened, by whom and when. I don’t have any of those yet. And I’m also interested to read that the Astros plan to have things to say at some point very soon. I want to hear that also before we say anything more about everything that happened.”
The Dodgers issued a statement upon MLB unveiling their findings in a nine-page report, explaining they would comply with the league’s request and not comment on the matter. MLB reportedly requested silence from the Dodgers, but only suggested as much to other clubs.
While commissioner Rob Manfred thoroughly outlined findings from the league’s investigation into the Astros, the ongoing matter Kasten referred to lies with the Boston Red Sox. They face similar allegations that were lobbied toward the Astros, and the Alex Cora link hasn’t done Boston any favors in the court of public opinion.
Manfred has not indicated when MLB anticipates wrapping up their inquiry. Three months passed between Mike Fiers accusing the Astros of cheating, and MLB levying a punishment.
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