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Petition to Major League Baseball, Robert Manfred, Jim Crane, Major League Baseball Players Association, tony clark

Issue punishment to the Houston Astros players who took part in the 2017 cheating scandal

On January 13, 2020, Major League Baseball commissioner Robert Manfred issued a 9 page report in regards to his investigation on the 2017 Houston Astros cheating allegations.  The ensuing punishments included zero discipline for the players involved, citing they were too spread out to punish fairly. The 2017 Houston Astros won the World Series due to one of the most heinous, extravagant, meticulously planned cheating operations ever seen in professional sports.  In Mr. Manfred’s report, he cited that the operation was mostly player driven.  That said, not a single current day player was punished for the atrocity.  This petition is a message to not only Mr. Manfred, but to Jim Crane of the Houston Astros, and Tony Clark, president of the players association.  The following suggestions should not go unheard. From Major League Baseball: Year Long suspensions for José Altuve, George Springer, Marwin Gonzalez, Josh Reddick, Carlos Correa, Alex Bregman, Yuliesky Gurriel, and any other players who played significant innings for the Astros in 2017. Completely strip all accolades earned by Astros position players, including, but not limited to their 2017 World Series title, Jose Altuve’s 2017 MVP award, Jose Altuve and George Springers 2017 silver slugger awards, George Springers 2017 World Series MVP award, and Jose Altuve’s 2017 batting title. Bar Alex Cora, Carlos Beltran, Brian McCann, and any other player who has since retired from Hall Of Fame Eligibility, as well as active players. From Jim Crane: An apology media session where each member of the roster is required to write their own personal apology. The release of the most prominent participants in the scheme. Vacation of your 2017 World Series Championship, with each players ring being returned. From the Major League Baseball Players Association/ Tony Clark  A permanent ban from the Major League Baseball Players Association and Major League Baseballs pension program for retired players. A statement on behalf of the entire players association condemning each player and calling them out by name. This entire scandal not only destroys the credibility of the Jim Crane, Brandon Taubman, and Jeff Luhnow, AJ Hinch, Alex Cora, and Carlos Beltran, but if the pleas of the many fans outside of Houston aren’t heard for increased justice, it strips the game of baseball of any remaining integrity it had in the post-steroid era.  This gross injustice, followed by its shallow punishment is a dark spot in the record of baseball the likes of which the steroid era never came close to.  Careers were altered and ended.  The game that is America’s past time should be treated with dignity and class, and these punishments are a slap in the face to all baseball fans, including Astros fans.  Please, for the sake of the game, come down harder.  If you won’t let Pete Rose be eligible for the hall of fame, then at least make an example of the 2017 Houston Astros players, because none of them, George Springer, Jose Altuve, Marwin Gonzalez, Carlos Correa, Yuliesky Gurriel, Alex Bregman, Josh Reddick, Evan Gattis, Brian McCann, Alex Cora, AJ Hinch, and Carlos Beltran deserve nothing more than to be completely wiped from the history books.  

Thomas Laches
7 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Ralph E. Massullo, Chris Latvala, Stan McClain, Patricia H. Williams, James Bush III, Tracie Davis, Brett Hage, Sam Killebrew, Josie Tomkow, Susan L. Valdes, Ardian Zika

Support the Florida Athlete Safety Bill

My name is Laurie Martin-Giordano and my son, Zach suffered an Exertional Heat Stroke (EHS) during summer conditioning workouts for football in 2017. He fought incredibly hard for 11 days, but he could not survive his devastating injuries. I had to plan my 16 year old son's funeral. In the weeks after his death, I began to research exertional heat stroke and I learned a few things that crushed my already broken heart: EHS is preventable simply by recognizing the early symptoms of heat illness (dizziness, vomiting) and removing the person from the activity to a cooler area, away from the sun. 100% of EHS victims survive when Cold Water Immersion (CWI) is used promptly, on-site. CWI wasn't used to treat Zach, but why not? Florida high school athletes, cheerleaders, band members, and JROTC all traditionally participate in summer conditioning workouts. I learned that any rules and policies, set up by the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) to ensure their kids' safety, ONLY apply during the academic school year. The guidelines for response to cardiac arrest and heat illness, 2 of the 3 most common reasons for sudden death of high school kids, are only suggestions. (Football practice for two weeks prior to school starting in the Fall is included as "pre-season" with a few specific rules.) All attempts over the last 2 years by me, along with heat illness experts, Athletic Trainers, and FHSAA's own Medical Advisory Board, to change the handbook suggestions to mandatory policies have been voted down by the FHSAA Board. This week, Legislators in the FL House of Representatives have a bill to vote on that incorporates "best practice" safety measures to protect our kids, including the use of AED's, Wet Bulb Globe Thermometer temperature activity modification guidelines and using Cold Water Immersion to treat EHS. By signing this petition, you are voicing your support of the proposed sports safety bill that will be discussed on Wednesday, December 11th and believe this legislation will save lives, and is necessary to provide leadership to our schools in regard to sports safety. 

Laurie Giordano
1,468 supporters