Yankees' Tanaka feels cheated out of 2017 World Series


Masahiro Tanaka feels cheated by the Houston Astros.

Tanaka's Yankees lost to the Astros in a seven-game AL Championship Series in 2017.

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred found the Astros broke rules against electronic sign stealing in 2017, including during the postseason.

"Yeah, I do feel that way," the Yankees pitcher said through a translator Monday after working out at the team's minor league complex.

Houston won all four home games against the Yankees in the playoffs, when the Astros players had the advantage of the sign-stealing system, and lost all three in the Bronx. The scores of the first two games were both 2-1.

"It's a competition, and the competition should be a fair competition," Tanaka said. “There was a little bit of thought of, was there something going on and once you hear the news, then it's like ‘oh, there was actually something going on.'"

Tanaka noted that the Yankees adjusted their pitching sign procedures in last year's AL Championship Series against Houston.

"We were actually being cautious about it," Tanaka said. “So, just changing up the signs, making it a little bit more complex."

Tanaka said it is difficult to say how the recent developments will impact how he looks back at 2017.

"You never know what would have happened, but at the same time you can say that what happened might not have happened," Tanaka said. "I don't know if mad is the right word, but it's something that's out of the rules. They're not, obviously, abiding by the rules."

Tanaka hopes the sanctions placed on the Astros will eliminate the situation in baseball.

Tanaka had arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow to remove bone spurs on Oct 23. When asked how he felt, a smiling Tanaka said "pretty good" in English.

"No restriction at all because we did the surgery right after the season was over and then we had a whole month of rehab," Tanaka added through an interpreter. "Actually, after I went back to Japan I was pretty much on the same program as I have been in the past."

Tanaka called the offseason signing of right-hander Gerrit Cole to $324 million, nine-year free-agent contract as "absolutely awesome."

"Definitely a huge plus for the team, and I think it will be a big plus for me as well," Tanaka said. "Just being able to see a pitcher of that caliber closely, see what he does, how he goes about his stuff. I think I will benefit from that."

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He's right and the cheating went on last year too. Houston*Asterisks.

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wow, bit of a stretch when the score is 2-1. If the Yankees had scored more runs they would have won. you can't blame a lack of runs on sign stealing. nice try Ma-kun

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The score would have been 0-1 if they Ass-cheats wouldn’t have stolen signs.

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Sore losers, AROD and Rogers Clement did cheat with drugs

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wow, bit of a stretch when the score is 2-1. If the Yankees had scored more runs they would have won. you can't blame a lack of runs on sign stealing. nice try Ma-kun

On the other side of the coin, would the Astros had scored those 2 runs if their batters didn't steal the catcher's signs?

Sore losers, AROD and Rogers Clement did cheat with drugs

A lot of players were cheating then though - pretty much all the teams had some players on PEDs

That's why no team feels cheated - clean players feel cheated, but no team feels cheated since they all had some PED players

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BTW here's one sleuthing fan who figured out the sign-stealing and tweeted about it back in Nov 2019:

When O'Brien read in The Athletic's report that a banging sound could be heard from the Astros' dugout whenever a changeup signal was given by an opposing team's catcher, he quickly began scouring the MLB.TV archives. He was far from the only one to track down Chicago White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar's now-infamous 2017 appearance in Houston, but within two hours, O'Brien had pulled the video demonstrating the banging, added his voice-over commentary, and tweeted it out.

During MLB's three-month investigation, the public scrutiny was unprecedented, a baseball scandal -- itself about technology -- unfolding in real time, with more incriminating evidence seemingly uncovered on Twitter by the hour. Not just fans and journalists but players -- and league officials -- noticed.

The internet's social media sleuthing skills played a crucial role in shaping the investigation, dramatically reducing the time the league needed to comb through video for evidence, league sources tell ESPN. While the activity online shot a jolt of adrenaline into the baseball fan community, it was also helping to shape MLB's first uniquely 21st-century scandal.

Lol, how the internet helped crack the Astros' sign-stealing case

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