Aaron Judge on ‘weak’ Astros punishment: ‘I wasn’t a fan’
The big news out of New York Yankees camp concerning Aaron Judge is how the slugger has been sidelined for the start of spring training due to shoulder soreness.
While the setback is definitely a source of major concern, Judge nevertheless made time Tusday to address the most controversial topic in Major League Baseball: How the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal has turned into a full-blown crisis.
Given how the Yankees are among the teams most directly impacted by the Astros’ sign-stealing practices, Judge saying he has been left “pretty mad and pretty upset” by the scandal should hardly come as a surprise.
"I wasn't a fan of the punishment, I thought that was a little weak for a player-driven scheme"— Yankees Videos (@snyyankees) February 18, 2020
– Aaron Judge on the Astros pic.twitter.com/8WZHWjBnVo
Judge did not stop there, either, adding that he believes the Astros should be stripped of their 2017 World Series title.
Aaron Judge says the Astros should be stripped of their 2017 World Series title:— Yankees Videos (@snyyankees) February 18, 2020
"It doesn't hold any value, it wasn't earned" pic.twitter.com/adbZDYEPlq
Judge probably speaks for a majority of his MLB-playing colleagues when he added it will take a long time to get over the Astros’ transgressions.
"I could sit up here and lie to you and say that I'll forget about it and move on, but you're always going to have that bad taste in your mouth"— Yankees Videos (@snyyankees) February 18, 2020
Aaron Judge says getting over the Astros' sign-stealing won't happen overnight pic.twitter.com/FevcIwis6t
It was clear from when the scandal broke last year that Judge was not pleased with the revelations concerning the Astros’ sophisticated and pervasive efforts to steal opponents’ signs.
When the findings of MLB’s investigation were released last month, it was discovered that the Yankees slugger deleted a tweet in which he had congratulated Astros second baseman Jose Altuve — an integral figure in the sign-stealing controversy — on winning AL MVP in 2017, the year he came in as runner-up.
Add that to how the Yankees believe they were cheated out of the AL pennant in 2017 because of the Astros’ scheme, and the case can be made Judge’s ire is justifiable. What’s more, Judge has his supporters in that regard as well.