In case you're just now joining us, Major League Baseball is mired in its worst credibility crisis since the Steroid Era.
Plenty of time has passed since the league investigated and punished the Houston Astros for a sign-stealing scheme that helped deliver the organization's first World Series championship in 2017. But rather than fade into the background, the scandal has taken on new life in the early days of spring training.
Because MLB itself is largely at fault for this, we're presenting a seven-step plan for how the league can quell outrage over the Astros scandal and reassure everyone that the sport is in good hands.
Let's take it away.
Formally Apologize for Not Acting Sooner
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The Astros scandal began in earnest when Oakland Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers, who was on Houston's championship team in 2017, blew the whistle to Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich of The Athletic.
However, now we know that it could have and indeed should have started sooner.
Boston Red Sox catcher Jonathan Lucroy, who played with Fiers on the A's in 2018, told reporters last Thursday that the Astros' sign-stealing had been an open secret within baseball for years.
"I knew about that two years ago, it was going on," Lucroy said, per Rob Bradford of WEEI. "I know it just recently came out. Everybody in baseball, especially in that division that played against them, we were all aware of the Astros doing those things."
Moreover, A's manager Bob Melvin and general manager David Forst confirmed to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle that the organization filed a formal complaint against the Astros before Fiers went public.