There's been a lot of discussion about why MLB tv ratings were down this year with most of the discussion focused on get woke, go broke. While that is certainly a part of it, I think that the herd of elephants trumpeting loudly and trampling about is being very pointedly ignored.
The Astros cheated and the only consequence to the players involved was that they won a World Series. That's it. Yes, yes, there were some punishments here and there but for the players themselves? Not a single damn thing. The lesson there? Cheating is worth it, big time.
The Astros kept that World Series even though it is indisputable that they cheated throughout the season. Why? *handwring handwring* Well, there's no proof it caused them to win the Series and we can't just go back and take it away and the integrity of the game!
I will give MLB this, I do appreciate that my intelligence was insulted directly to my face. I mean, at least there was that amount of decency. This notion that nothing could be done about, I cannot say this enough, outright cheating is ludicrous. But that was MLB's position.
This article by Trevor Bauer is worth a read: theplayerstribune.com/articles/trevo… He points out the economic impact on the other players. Analytics is everything in baseball. If someone cheats to increase theirs, that ripples through the entire marketplace.
MLB had hard choices to make. MLB chose not to make them. MLB let cheating slide. Not only that, but MLB made it very clear to the pitchers that if the pitchers attempted to deal with this in the traditional manner, then the pitchers would face sudden and immediate consequences.
MLB made it clear that when it came to punishing a team that cheated during the season and post season, it would not do so because of, well, that's not really clear other than mouth noises about well we just can't take the World Series away! We just can't!
Oh and if the players attempt to enact justice, and it would have been justice, the players will be punished is just the cherry on top of it all. How DARE anyone want there to be actual, long lasting consequences! How DARE they! All you people hurt by this must suck it up.
The result? MLB destroyed its credibility when discussing the integrity of the game. Since the Astros were allowed to keep that World Series, Pete Rose should be in the Hall of Fame tomorrow. After all, there's no true difference in what he did and what the Astros did.
If anyone should have their reputation restored since apparently cheating is fine by MLB, it's Shoeless Joe Jackson. Tell me, tell me true, have you seen any discussion of this in the hand wringing over the ratings collapse? Maybe here and there but it's just not discussed.
I am bringing this up for no reason at all, of course, and not as super bitchy ultra passive aggressive Mean Girl nastiness about lulz you peons who think cheating matters, no matter the level to which it rises lulz. No other reason at all.

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