MALIBU, Calif. — The sign-stealing scandal that has engulfed Major League Baseball throughout the offseason centers mostly on two teams, the 2017 Houston Astros and the 2018 Boston Red Sox. An obvious link: the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Dodgers, coming off seven straight division titles but still in search of the franchise’s first championship since 1988, lost to both clubs in back-to-back World Series. And while no course of action will change the reality of consecutive runner-up finishes, perhaps a harsh punishment can provide the Dodgers with some semblance of vindication.
“Honestly, we’re curious to see what happens,” Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger said Sunday. “It sucks, man. We were close, but we did it the right way.”
The Red Sox and Astros reportedly did not, prompting an MLB investigation that could yield severe penalties. The Red Sox used their video replay room to decipher signs from opposing catchers, which were then relayed to baserunners, who could inform hitters which pitch was coming, according to an initial report by The Athletic last week. The Astros set up a monitor just outside their dugout to steal signs and banged on trash cans to alert hitters…