Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week during the regular season, we send 30 polls to plugged in fans from each team. Royals fans, sign up HERE to join FanPulse. Today, we have a special edition of FanPulse on the Astros cheating scandal.
Baseball wrapped up its investigation of the Houston Astros for allegations of sign-stealing that occurred in the 2017 season, finding the team engaged in a scheme to view signs from the catch from a video feed from centerfield, relaying those signs to the dugout, and then the hitter by banging a trash can for certain pitches. The fallout has caused a flurry of accusations, finger-pointing, and rumors in baseball that have tarnished the sport. In a special edition of FanPulse, we asked our respondents on their opinions on the sign-stealing scandal.
Fans didn’t feel like the one-year bans on GM Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch and no punishment for the players was enough. Just 33 percent thought the punishment was sufficiently harsh while 67 percent thought it was not harsh enough.
Baseball has never vacated a championship the way the NCAA has, but respondents were pretty split as to whether MLB should take that drastic action for the Astros’ 2017 title. 49 percent wanted to see that title stripped, while 51 percent felt that was going too far.
When asked if those involved in the cheating scandal should be allowed to work in MLB again, only 38 percent of respondents said they should, with 62 percent for a lifetime ban.
As far as how much this has tarnished the sport, only 25 percent of respondents feel this is the worst cheating scandal in baseball history, trailing the 43 percent that felt like the Black Sox scandal where the 1918 White Sox threw the World Series for gamblers was the biggest scandal. 28 percent felt the steroids/PED scandal from the late 90s and 2000s was the biggest scandal, and just 4 percent agreed that Pete Rose betting on baseball was the biggest scandal.
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