There were very few players on the Dodgers’ 2017 that had more to lose from the Astros’ cheating scandal than Andre Ethier. The now-retired outfielder lost the one shot he had in his career to become a World Series champion, and it was ripped away by a group of cheaters. So if anyone understands the lightness of the Red Sox punishment, it’s Dre. 

Ethier has been making a weekly appearance on am570 with David Vassegh, and this week’s was a doozy. Vassegh asked the former Dodgers’ outfielder his thoughts on Rob Manfred’s punishment handed down to the Red Sox for their part in a cheating scandal, and Ethier had plenty to say.

I don’t even know how you don’t state it’s a lack of control by the manager or the staff or anyone. If they’re going to lay blame to one individual — a video guy — and you’re going to say that the manager or a coach wasn’t aware of any of this going on? I find that hard to believe.

It does seem strange that an entire coaching staff would have no idea something like that was happening, but it appears the league is giving them the benefit of the doubt. Ethier thinks it’s much more than not having enough evidence though.

It’s a typical Rob Manfred story. With what we’re hearing of all the other stuff coming out, I don’t think we’re necessarily hearing all of it. And for a guy like Alex[Cora], who a year before was in Houston, where all the stuff was going on. I mean, where there’s smoke there’s fire. Obviously, he brought t1he system over and knew about the system.

The biggest take away from Ethier, who last played with the Dodgers in 2017, was that this is something that is always happening. 

It’s just what we’re used to now: brush it under the rug and let everyone forget about it.

It does seem strange that the Red Sox got away with cheating and received very little punishment. Then again, I might be too close to the situation, having watched the Dodgers lose back-to-back World Series to two teams confirmed to have been cheating. 

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