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#pounditThursday, October 1, 2020

Yu Darvish wants Astros stripped of 2017 title

Yu Darvish

Few players lost more in the 2017 World Series than Yu Darvish. His reputation was significantly hindered by his poor performances in two starts that series, including a horrible outing in the decisive Game 7. Now, given the information that has come to light, he’s feeling a bit differently.

Darvish wondered aloud Sunday why the Houston Astros were not stripped of that title in light of the large-scale cheating they were engaged in at the time. Darvish compared it to Olympic athletes who had their medals stripped after being found to have cheated, and questioned why the Astros were not subject to a similar penalty.

Darvish added that players like Carlos Correa “shouldn’t talk” right now in light of what the Astros were found to have done.

Darvish might be the most prominent player to ask this question so far, but he’s not the first. Stripping the Astros of their title would certainly send a message, though it probably wouldn’t do much more than that. It’s not as if the Dodgers would get the title as a result, and one of their players has made clear they wouldn’t want it that way anyway.

Darvish, now with the Chicago Cubs, has managed to keep his sense of humor over the whole thing. You can’t blame him for wondering about things like this, though.

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