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LeBron James calls out MLB commissioner over handling of Astros cheating scandal

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NBA superstar LeBron James weighed in on the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal Tuesday, specifically calling out Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred. James, in a series of tweets, said Manfred should, “listen to your players.”

“Listen I know I don’t play baseball but I am in Sports and I know if someone cheated me out of winning the title and I found out about it I would be F*^king irate! I mean like uncontrollable about what I would/could do!” the three-time NBA champion tweeted. “Listen here baseball commissioner listen to your players speaking today about how disgusted, mad, hurt, broken, etc etc about this. Literally the ball(⚾) is in your court(or should I say field) and you need to fix this for the sake of Sports!”

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James ended the final tweet with the hashtag #Just­My­Thoughts­Coming­From­A­Sports­Junkie­Regardless­My­Own­Sport­I­Play.

Manfred has faced heavy criticism for both his handling of the Astros cheating scandal and his response to that criticism in recent days. The league concluded that in 2017, the Astros illegally used video footage to steal signs from opposing pitchers and catchers and alerted their own batters about what pitch was coming by banging on a trash can.

The commissioner granted immunity to players who were willing to cooperate with MLB’s investigation into the scheme; while the league eventually determined the Astros cheated in 2017 — the year they won the World Series — no players were punished for their actions and the team retained their championship title.

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This didn’t sit well with players around the league, and many voiced their criticism at the beginning of spring training this past week. Manfred defended his actions in an ESPN interview that aired over the weekend, but only managed to anger players further by calling the Commissioner’s Trophy — the trophy awarded to the team that wins the World Series — a “piece of metal.”

On Tuesday, New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge also weighed in on the controversy, saying the Astros should be stripped of the 2017 title.

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“You cheated and you didn’t earn it,” Judge said following a team workout. “That’s how I feel. It wasn’t earned. It wasn’t earned the way of playing the game right and fighting to the end and knowing that we’re competing, we’re competitors. The biggest thing about competition is laying it all out on the line, and whoever is the better player, better person comes out on top. To know that another team had an advantage that, nothing you can really guard against, I just don’t feel like that’s earned.”

The Yankees lost to the Astros in the 2017 American League Championship Series in seven games. Houston had home field advantage for the series.

“I could sit up here and lie to you and say that I’ll forget about it and move on, but you’re always going to have that bad taste in your mouth,” Judge also said.

LeBron James warns MLB commissioner Rob Manfred to listen to players’ anger over his refusal to punish Astros players for sign-stealing scheme

LeBron James doesn’t have to worry about sign-stealing in the NBA, but as the Los Angeles Lakers superstar explained on Twitter, he completely understands MLB players’ fury over commissioner Rob Manfred’s handling of the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scam.

The Los Angeles Lakers star unleashed in two tweets Tuesday, echoing calls for harsher punishments made by baseball stars Mike Trout, Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger, among others.

‘Listen I know I don’t play baseball but I am in Sports and I know if someone cheated me out of winning the title and I found out about it I would be F*^king irate!’ James tweeted. ‘I mean like uncontrollable about what I would/could do! Listen here baseball commissioner listen to your….. players speaking today about how disgusted, mad, hurt, broken, etc etc about this. Literally the ball is in your court(or should I say field) and you need to fix this for the sake of Sports!’

James’ tweets included the hashtag #JustMyThoughtsComingFromASportsJunkieRegardlessMyOwnSportIPlay’

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Manfred issued a report last month detailing Houston’s cheating scheme during its 2017 World Series championship season involving a video monitor and a trash can located near the team’s home dugout.

Manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were banned for one year by the league and subsequently fired by Houston. The only player mentioned in the report was since-retired Carlos Beltrán, who lost his job managing the New York Mets in fallout from the scandal.

No other players have been punished because Manfred promised them immunity as part of the league’s investigation.

The Astros staged a team-wide apology last week at the start of spring training, but many players from the 29 other clubs say Houston’s remorse felt insincere. Rather than opening spring camps with sunny optimism as usual, baseball

Trout, a three-time MVP, ripped Houston and questioned MLB’s discipline. Bellinger claimed the Astros stole the ’17 title from his Dodgers. Judge, runner-up to Houston’s Jose Altuve in the ’17 MVP race, said the Astros ‘cheated and you didn’t earn it.’

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‘That’s how I feel,’ Judge said Tuesday. ‘It wasn’t earned. It wasn’t earned the way of playing the game right and fighting to the end and knowing that we’re competing, we’re competitors. The biggest thing about competition is laying it all out on the line, and whoever is the better player, better person comes out on top. To know that another team had an advantage that, nothing you can really guard against, I just don’t feel like that’s earned.’







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