No, the Astros aren’t being targeted for HBPs in spring training — HardballTalk | NBC Sports

The Astros lead the league in HBPs as a team with seven, but that’s just a coincidence. Pitchers haven’t been intentionally throwing at them.

No, the Astros aren’t being targeted for HBPs in spring training — HardballTalk | NBC Sports

On Wednesday, Astros third baseman Alex Bregman was hit by Cardinals pitcher Ramon Santos. It marked the seventh time an Astros batter had been hit in spring training exhibition games thus far, the highest total among all teams. As expected, teams are exacting revenge for the Astros’ cheating ways!

Well, not quite. The pitch Santos hit Bregman with was a 3-2 breaking ball that got away. Usually, if a pitcher is going to hit a batter as an act of revenge, he’ll attempt to do it with a first-pitch fastball.

José Altuve was also hit by a pitch against the Tigers on Sunday. The pitch, which looks to be the off-speed variety, appeared to graze his uniform as opposed to hitting him flush, so it was likely unintentional on the part of pitcher Nick Ramirez.

Other Astros to have been hit in spring training thus far: Alex De Goti, Aledmys Díaz, Osvaldo Duarte, Dustin Garneau, and Jake Meyers. Not exactly a who’s-who list of Code Breaker operatives.

Will some pitchers intentionally throw at the Astros this year? Almost certainly, despite commissioner Rob Manfred’s warning. Have they been doing it from the moment exhibition games began earlier this month? Certainly not.

Rob Manfred defends Astros disciplinary process in interview — HardballTalk | NBC Sports

Rob Manfred gives an extensive interview about the disciplinary process for the Astros, and some of his answers are head-scratchers.

Rob Manfred defends Astros disciplinary process in interview — HardballTalk | NBC Sports

A’s complained to MLB about Astros before Mike Fiers outed Houston — Daily News

It took Mike Fiers’ voice to prompt Major League Baseball to launch an investigation into the Astros’ shady sign-stealing ways, but the A’s were among the teams who had earlier lodged official complaints with Major League Baseball to no avail, Bob Melvin told reporters in Mesa. General manager David Forst confirmed it. “It went through…

A’s complained to MLB about Astros before Mike Fiers outed Houston — Daily News

First 2017 Houston Astros player apologizes for sign-stealing scheme — Global News

Speaking Friday at the fan convention for the Chicago White Sox, who signed the left-hander to a $55.5 million, three-year contract in December, Dallas Keuchel said he felt what happened was blown out of proportion, but he was sorry. Continue reading →

First 2017 Houston Astros player apologizes for sign-stealing scheme — Global News.

Whicker: No winners in Spyball scandal, not even the Dodgers — Press Telegram

The Houston Astros were not brought to justice. General manager Jeff Luhnow should have been exiled for five years. Their share of national TV revenue should have been revoked and reallocated among the other 29 clubs. They should have lost the entire 2020 and 2021 drafts, not just the first two picks. All their 2020…

Whicker: No winners in Spyball scandal, not even the Dodgers — Press Telegram

By MARK WHICKER | mwhicker@scng.com | Daily NewsPUBLISHED: January 20, 2020 at 2:26 pm | UPDATED: January 20, 2020 at 2:26 pm

The Houston Astros were not brought to justice.

General manager Jeff Luhnow should have been exiled for five years. Their share of national TV revenue should have been revoked and reallocated among the other 29 clubs. They should have lost the entire 2020 and 2021 drafts, not just the first two picks.

All their 2020 games against the Angels should be canceled.

Okay, too harsh.

Given all that, spare us the petitions on behalf of the Dodgers.

They did not lose the 2017 and 2018 World Series because Alex Cora was sitting in the other dugout with his two-way wristwatch, autographed by Dick Tracy.

They began losing Game 5 in 2017 because they felt it was important to pitch Brandon Morrow into puddling exhaustion, and then because Kenley Jansen walked a batter and hit another before Alex Bregman’s game-winning single.