One thing you rarely hear from people outside of the Houston Astros is anyone defending them after their cheating scandal rocked the sport.
That changed considerably this week when Kris Bryant spoke out about it.
The Chicago Cubs third baseman does not believe they were the only squad who were engaged in some type of cheating. USA Today’s Bob Nightengale asked Bryant about the topic during a lengthy interview that was published earlier this week.
“No,” Bryant responded. “Absolutely not. I definitely think others were. I don’t know if other teams were doing it that same way, but people are always trying to find a way for that competitive advantage. Pitchers have things in their gloves. Batters groove their bats. People have done that since the beginning of the game.”
Bryant’s teammate Anthony Rizzo went viral days ago after he poked fun at the Astros while being mic’d up during a recent spring training game.
It was back on January 13th when Major League Baseball released its findings from their investigation and subsequently handed down one year suspensions to the team’s then-manager AJ Hinch and then-general manager Jeffrey Luhnow who were later fired by owner Jim Crane.
The investigation found the Astros used a camera and other technology throughout 2017 and for at least parts of 2018. There was no evidence that Houston cheated in 2019.