The league handed down a light punishment for the Red Sox’ sign-stealing scandal, stripping them of a second-round pick, suspending their video coordinator for one season, along with Alex Cora for one season. If those punishments sound incredibly light compared to those levied against the Braves in 2017, that’s probably because they are incredibly light. No players were disciplined and no member of the orgnization was banned for life, so essentially Boston cheated their way into a championship with no major recourse. Rob Manfred continues to show his incompetence as it pertains to cheating scandals, not to mention basically every other aspect of the commissioner’s job.
In addition to skating by unscathed in the aftermath of their scandal, the Red Sox also named Ron Roenicke their manager in an official manner, removing the interim tag.
An update on the recovery status of Aaron Judge:
Judge said in March that a follow-up CT scan showed “slight healing,” adding that a previously unreported pneumothorax (collapsed lung) has been resolved, so he is able to fly if necessary. While chatting with NBA star Damian Lillard on adidas’ “The Huddle” Instagram Live show, Judge expressed optimism that he could return to swinging and throwing soon.
Ozzie Albies is busy working on his swing this offseason:
Via Instagram, Albies recently posted a video of him using a tee to hit balls into a net that sat in front of a few trees. The Braves second baseman’s repetitions provided a reminder of how much significant progress he made from the left side of the plate last year.
Kris looks back on the elimination of the 1998 Braves, who fell to the Padres in six games.
One of the greatest Braves All-Star moments of all-time was Chipper Jones homering in Atlanta in 2000. With the All-Star Game being held at Turner Field, Jones blasted a home run to left-center field against James Baldwin.