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the headline I chose is self-explanatory.

The Houston Astros need to be stripped of the World Series they won against the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2017.

Thanks to whistleblower former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers and MLB’s investigation of the franchise, the Astros were found to have cheated during the 2017 MLB season. The Astros used video technology to steal pitch signs from opposing teams at a majority of home games.

Now, I’m all for players trying to gain an advantage on the other team. However, when it comes to stealing signs, it should only be done in a manner that involves deciphering; not recording opposing dugouts and catchers that you can go back and study during a team film session.

Sign stealing should only involve a runner at second base making some motion to the batter that could give away where the next pitch is coming. However, most sign stealing isn’t really stealing signs at all. It is just to inform the batter on where the next pitch will be located instead of the actual type of pitch that is coming.

Somehow, the Astros were able to get away with this two years ago and it resulted in a championship for them.

Let’s imagine former Red Sox manager Alex Cora as a school janitor. Some students have a test coming up that will be difficult for them to get a solid grade on. So, they go to the school janitor and ask him to find the test answers while he is cleaning classrooms after the teacher is gone. Once the janitor finds them, he makes copies and secretly gives them to the students that requested them, and they use them for the upcoming test. All those students wound up with an A and were never busted for it. That right there is exactly who the Astros are. A bunch of students that cheated on a test and got away with it.

Now that they have been caught, it is time for MLB to make the next necessary step. Yes, I am going there.

Aside from being stripped of the World Series, MLB can take it even further by suspending players that knowingly cheated the game or even banning them for life. If I were Alex Bregman, Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, Josh Reddick or any Astros player that may have knowingly cheated the entire game of baseball, I would be ashamed of myself. Not only did these men tarnish their reputations, their team’s reputation and baseball’s reputation, but their cheating also may have led to pitchers getting sent down to the minor league system and never seeing the pros again.

The allegations and new evidence that is appearing in this investigation bring absolute tears to my eyes, and I fear for how the sport will be looked at in the foreseeable future. However, the ball is in MLB’s court to lessen the blow of this disgusting scandal.

Strip the Houston Astros of its only World Series trophy.