The Los Angeles Dodgers have lost consecutive World Series titles to teams now linked to cheating scandals – so Los Angeles city officials may be going to fight for the hometown team.
City council members are reportedly drafting a resolution calling on Major League Baseball to declare the Dodgers’ best baseball team in 2017 and 2018 and to revoke the titles of the two teams that defeated the Dodgers: the Houston Astros in 2017 and the Boston Red Sox in 2018.
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“This is a question of fairness and justice,” Los Angeles councilor Gil Cedillo told the Los Angeles Times. “Who was the best team in 2017? Who was the best team in 2018? It was the Dodgers. They were beaten by teams that cheated. “
“This is a question of fairness and justice. Who was the best team in 2017? Who was the best team in 2018? It was the Dodgers. They were beaten by teams that cheated. “
This week Astros fired manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow after MLB officials linked both men to a sign theft operation.
“Neither of them started this, but neither did anything about it,” Astros owner Jim Crane said on Monday, confirming the interruptions.
Red Sox split on Tuesday with Alex Cora, who was a bench coach for Houston during the 2017 World Series and then brought Boston to the title as manager in 2018.
MLB continues to investigate whether the Red Sox stole the marks on the way to their league.
So far baseball officials have decided not to cancel the Houston and Boston championships or to grant titles in Los Angeles. But Cedillo said he believes that the majority of city council members will support the resolution that could be voted on as early as next week.
“There must be recognition that the best baseball team in those two years has been the Dodgers,” he said.
In 2017, Houston defeated the Dodgers, four out of three games. The following year Boston defeated Los Angeles, four games against one.
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On Tuesday, the Dodgers posted on Twitter that they would not have commented on Astros’ situation.
“All clubs have been asked by Major League Baseball not to comment on today’s punishment for the Houston Astros as it is not appropriate to comment on the discipline imposed on another club,” the Dodgers wrote in a statement. “The Dodgers have also been asked not to comment on any wrongdoing during the 2017 World Series and we will have no further comments at this time.”
Ryan Gaydos of Fox News contributed to this story.