By Bill Hendrickson
Councilmember Gil Cedillo has introduced a resolution in the L.A. City Council to recall the World Series trophies won by the Houston Astros (2017) and the Boston Red Sox (2018) and award them to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The resolution, which calls on the Commissioner of Major League Baseball to act, is a response to the widening scandal over cheating by the Astros in the 2017 World Series against the Dodgers. In addition, the Red Sox, which “defeated” the Dodgers in the 2018 World Series, were managed at the time by Alex Cora, who masterminded the Astros’ cheating scheme in 2017 while he was a coach on the Houston team.
“This is an equity and justice thing,” said Cedillo.”Who was the best team in 2017? Who was the best team in 2018? It was the Dodgers. They got beat by teams that were cheating. There has to be an acknowledgment the best team in baseball those two years was the Dodgers. The Dodgers, and the people of Los Angeles, were robbed of what they deserved.”
Cedillo’s resolution comes after MLB announced a year-long suspension of both the General Manager and Manager of the Houston Astros, which led to them being fired by the Astros’ owner. Alex Cora, who played on the Dodgers as an infielder from 1998 to 2004, has also been fired by the Boston Red Sox. Carlos Beltran, who played on the 2017 Astros team and was recently named Manager of the New York Mets, was fired by the Mets today.
Dodger Stadium is in Cedillo’s Council District 1.