CLEVELAND — Actor/entertainer Mario Lopez is passionate about his favorite sports teams, and that includes Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers.
The “Saved by the Bell” star had plenty to say about the punishments MLB handed down to the Houston Astros for using replay technology to steal signs from the Dodgers on the way to victory in the 2017 World Series.
Lopez gave an impassioned reaction to the punishments while at Universal Studios Monday.
“I’m going to tell you what’s really on my mind,” Lopez said. “I’m really fired up today because all my Dodgers fans out there know what I’m talking about. The Houston Astros just got pinched officially. Those cheating’ rat-bastards used technology to steal signs.
“You can steal signs. I know, Tony, it’s a part of baseball, but not using technology. Come on. They are suspending the GM and the manager for a year, fining them $5 million, but that’s too late. Oh, and draft picks for two years, but that’s too late. Take away the ring. They need to take away the ring, give it to the Dodgers.”
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred levied severe penalties on the Astros for their usage of technology to steal signs from the Dodgers during the 2017 World Series.
MLB announced Monday afternoon that Astros manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were suspended for the 2020 season, and Houston lost first- and second-round picks in the draft over the next two years in addition to the $5 million fine, but team management did not just accept those penalties.
Owner and chairman Jim Crane announced in a press conference that the Astros took their own measures and fired Hinch and Luhnow for their roles in the scandal that used replay monitors and equipment to gain an understanding of the Dodgers’ signs, and then, used sounds from the dugout to indicate the pitches.
Although the idea was “player driven,” to the point where Hinch removed two monitors in an effort to win straight up, then-bench coach Alex Cora, now the manager of the Boston Red Sox, had an integral role in the plot.
Cora was a first-year manager with Boston when the Red Sox went on a near-historic run to capture the 2018 World Series Championship, only later to be accused of using similar tactics to the Astros. Cora is expected to receive a harsh punishment following MLB’s ongoing investigation into the Red Sox’s usage of technology to steal signs.