Phillip Stutts

Did you see the recent news about the Houston Astros cheating scandal?

Whoof, it’s bad, really bad.

In a nutshell, the most successful team in baseball over the past 3 years cheated, using sleuth technology to gain a massive advantage over their opponents. And this resulted in winning the World Series in 2017.

Yep, the Houston Astros  their way to winning the World Series.

The commissioner of Major League Baseball handed down his punishment to the team just this month — fining the ownership $5 million, taking away valuable draft picks, and suspending the General Manager and Manager of the team for one year (these two leaders were subsequently fired by the Astros’s ownership).

I’m reminded of a joke that I was told as a kid, “The old saying that ‘cheaters never win, and winners never cheat’ is false. Cheaters always win, they just don’t get as much out of it.”

Feels true here. Not only that, it extends further than cheating. It will affect the Astros well beyond the years of the draft picks they lost.

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