Will their stint as baseball’s heels last so long as Jim Crane owns the team, and stars like Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Carlos Correa remain core players?
The Astros were long suspected of illicit sign-stealing by rivals, nudging them from vigilance to paranoia when it came to mixing up their signs and giving the team something of a mental edge, even on nights they didn’t cheat.
The core of the club remains young: Correa (25), third baseman Alex Bregman (25) and center fielder George Springer (30) will be playing this game for a very long time.
The Astros – with Major League Baseball monitoring video rooms and dugouts thanks to regulations implemented since their 2017 title – nearly won the 2019 World Series, ostensibly by not cheating, at least not in the way they did in ‘17.
For a team that’s won at least 100 games three consecutive seasons, but has eroded public trust in baseball like no scandal in the past two decades, the winning will surely be the easy part.
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