Even stars in other sports, like NBA superstar LeBron James, crushed Manfred for his handling of the situation. But there is one celebrity in particular who, surprisingly, was devastated by the sign theft scandal – Bill Nye the Science Guy, who discussed cheating in a podcast interview.
What is the Astros cheating scandal?
In November 2019, The Athletic wrote an article based on information obtained by former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers about how the team cheated in 2017, the season when the Astros won their first World Series title.
According to the report, the team used the flow of cameras on the field to get the clubhouse folks to determine the next step and notify the players of the shelter so they could pass the information to the batter by hitting. bins.
MLB conducted a lengthy investigation and determined that Fiers’ claims were true. Manfred suspended Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch for the season, but the team later sacked both. Manfred did not punish any active players, which caused much fan outcry.
Bill Nye upset scandal
Nye, who became famous for his 1990s TV show in which he explained science to children, voiced his opinion on the Astros cheating scandal. Nye discussed the situation in an interview on Justin Long’s podcast.
In the chat, Nye refuted some people’s belief that cheating didn’t matter because it was just sport and didn’t affect them. Nye responded to these people, explaining that at least a billion dollars is leaked with the World Series, between player wages, ticket sales and sports betting.
He then explained how “every field counts” when you play at the highest level of the sport, and that the statistics are more meaningful in baseball than in other sports. Nye went on to explain how “Every pitch is a statistic. Each field is a data point which enters the large baseball database … The game is so hard and complicated. “
Nye then argued that a lot of baseball fans were doing it. With so little time to read the ball coming out of the thrower’s hand before having to decide if it should swing, “knowing where the throw is going to be is just huge.”
LeBron James denounces Commissioner Rob Manfred
While Nye’s critics were directed at the Astros for cheating, other famous people have cast shadow over Manfred for what they see as lenient punishment for the team and, in particular the players, James is one of those celebrities who called Manfred for punishment. he gave back.
James lambasted Manfred on Twitter shortly after the announcement of the punishment. He started by admitting that he didn’t play baseball, but went on to say that he played sports and knew that “if someone cheated on me by winning the title and I found out, I would be F * ^ angry king! “
He went on to write that he would be “out of control” over what he would do. Then I started to speak specifically to Manfred, writing “Listen to the baseball commissioner here, listen to your players talk today about how disgusted, crazy, injured, broken, etc.”.
He concluded the two tweets by telling Manfred that he needed to fix it “for sport” and ended with the hashtag #JustMyThoughtsComingFromASportsJunkieRegardlessMyOwnSportIPlay.