Astros manager calls on MLB to protect team from premeditated beanballs after sign-stealing scandal

by Bryan Brammer · Feb 17th, 2020 10:29 am

Houston Astros new manager Dusty Baker is calling upon MLB to help protect his players from premeditated beanballs in retaliation for the team's 2017 sign-stealing scandal.

Baker wants the league to discipline opposing pitchers who deliberately throw the ball at Astros hitters because they are furious with the organization for cheating repeatedly on their way to winning the World Series title.

During an interview Saturday morning, Baker said he is counting on MLB to stop all premeditated retaliation.

"I'm depending on the league to try to put a stop to this seemingly premeditated retaliation that I'm hearing about. "And in most instances in life, you get kind of reprimanded when you have premeditated anything. I'm just hoping that the league puts a stop to this before somebody gets hurt."

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred told several club managers Sunday that the league wasn't going to tolerate "any notion of get-even beanballs," according to Fox News.

"I hope that I made it extremely clear to them that retaliation in-game by throwing at a batter intentionally will not be tolerated, whether it's Houston or anybody else. It's dangerous and it is not helpful to the current situation."


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