Column: Dodgers received 2017-18 World Collection, L.A. Metropolis Council says



Hey Dodgers followers, maintain on a minute.

Keep in mind these two heartbreaking World Series losses in 2017 and 2018 to the Houston Astros and Boston Crimson Sox? After all you do, however lastly, simply earlier than spring coaching units everybody up for an additional 12 months of disappointment, there’s excellent news.

You may cease crying in your $16 Dodgers beer, as a result of we received each championships. Or so the Los Angeles Metropolis Council says.

By a unanimous tally, the council voted Tuesday to request that each championships be awarded to the Dodgers as a result of their opponents had been stealing indicators.

This opens up a vast set of prospects. Possibly the council can persuade anyone that I used to be cheated out of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Come on, people. Is that this what we’re diminished to? A frivolous, meaningless declaration stuffed with whereases and therefores to fake our boys in blue had been winners?

“WHEREAS…the Astros put a digital camera in middle discipline, stole the catcher’s indicators to the opposing pitcher after which conveyed the indicators to the batter by banging on a rubbish can or sending texts” blah blah blah blah blah.

I’ll say, nevertheless, that this poses a take a look at of character for native Dodgers die-hards, who’ve lots to contemplate.

Can a self-respecting fan be ok with the prospect of a second-hand trophy? Come on, folks. Even the man within the TV automotive business, who will get his sister’s hand-me-down station wagon, has sufficient delight to say no approach.

And if all it could have taken to win the crown was a intelligent little bit of larceny, can Dodgers followers really say they wouldn’t have been completely satisfied to take their cue from the Astros?

I imply, the Astros’ transgressions didn’t actually price them that a lot. They had been fined a mere $5 million for his or her sins, they sacrificed a number of draft picks and their supervisor and common supervisor obtained sacked.

That’s a discount, proper? The Dodgers pocketed greater than $eight billion for a TV rights deal that meant thousands and thousands of Southern Californians might not get the video games on TV. The crew might simply deal with a $5 million nice for stealing a number of indicators and at last profitable a title.

On the ethical relativity scale, whose coronary heart is darker? The Astros bosses who discovered cheat higher than the opposite cheaters, or the Dodgers bosses who fattened their wallets however stiffed their followers and might’t even ship a victory parade?

And by the way in which, I don’t learn about you, however I’m shocked, shocked, shocked to listen to that there’s dishonest in baseball.

That is the game with gamers who, not that way back, grew muscular tissues on their muscular tissues.

The game with gamers whose heads and rear ends doubled in dimension each couple of years.

The game with pipsqueaks hitting baseballs over the moon whereas trying to bunt, all due to performance-enhancing medicine.

And right here’s the deal:

Group house owners had been in on the steroid scandal and the pooh-bahs of Main League baseball additionally knew precisely what was happening, however all of them zipped their lips for years.

Why?

As a result of house run information and attendance information had been shattered. The nightly missile launch spectacle was cash within the financial institution, and greed was good even when it meant that the sport’s all-time nice heroes — Hank Aaron and Mickey Mantle, amongst others — had been kicked to the curb whereas the juicers jacked.

These are the sorts of individuals we’re coping with within the nice American pasttime, so why would anybody assume it’s solely the Astros and the Crimson Sox who stole indicators?

Once I requested councilmen Paul Koretz and Gil Cedillo if the Dodgers had instructed they introduce the decision, the reply was no. It will seem like bitter grapes if the Dodgers took the lead, Koretz mentioned, including that somebody needed to take a stand in opposition to a rising tradition of dishonest in society.

This is identical metropolis council that final month unanimously permitted a legislation that restricted marketing campaign contributions from actual property builders however left watchdogs aghast in any respect the loopholes. In addition to, the light-weight legislation — which received’t do a lot to alter Metropolis Corridor’s pay-to-play tradition — doesn’t even go into impact for 2 years.

However I digress. Again to the subject at hand, isn’t it somewhat curious that the Dodgers’ administration and gamers haven’t made that huge of a stink concerning the signal stealing scandal? And isn’t it simply as curious that we haven’t heard all that a lot from the opposite groups in baseball?

If you happen to’re questioning why, this is likely to be of curiosity:

Sports Illustrated quoted sources who mentioned “varied Astros personnel informed MLB investigators about eight different groups who used expertise to steal indicators in 2017 or 2018 — such was the tradition of the time.”

Gamers get traded routinely. Are we to consider gamers traded from the Astros or Crimson Sox to different organizations didn’t inform their new groups how the scheme labored, so it could possibly be copied?

When steroids had been as widespread in baseball as bubble gum and chewing tobacco, a code of silence stored a lid on dishonest for a very long time. Within the case of signal stealing, former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers broke the code and spilled the beans, for which he was chastised by Corridor of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez.

“No matter occurs within the clubhouse stays within the clubhouse, and Fiers broke the principles,” Martinez mentioned.

The Astros elevated the science of dishonest, however Fiers is the one who broke the principles?

Little question, there’s a transparent benefit to a batter who is aware of what pitch is dashing his approach. However the variables in baseball are many, and outcomes are decided by managing selections, by luck, by expertise, by who performs finest below strain and by who comes by within the clutch, whether or not they know what pitches are coming or not.

When the vote was tallied Tuesday, Councilman Bob Blumenfield mentioned he supported the proposal by Koretz and Cedillo however thought it went too far, and that the Dodgers must “win it for actual” subsequent 12 months moderately than be given trophies with asterisks on them.

However on the off likelihood that Main League Baseball caves and awards the 2017 and 2018 championships to the Dodgers, meet me on the victory parade.

I’ll be the man sporting a bag over his head and banging on a rubbish can.

Steve.lopez@latimes.com