Friday’s Mashup: Los Angeles City Council wants to remove Red Sox, Astros World Series wins, give them to Dodgers

Lucy Burdge
January 17, 2020 - 8:33 am

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-- In the wake of the huge MLB cheating scandal, the Los Angeles City Council is expected to vote within the next week on a resolution asking Major League Baseball to take away the World Series wins from the Astros in 2017 and the Red Sox in 2018 and give them to the Dodgers. 

Councilman Gil Cedillo, a sponsor of the resolution and whose district includes Dodger Stadium, said he believes the council will approve it.

“This is an equity and justice thing,” Cedillo said. “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. Do they need to be told that they shouldn’t have a title?”

Earlier this week, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred ruled that the 2017 Astros violated MLB rules banning teams from using video technology to steal signs. The 2018 Red Sox are now under investigation for a similar rule violation. 

The Dodgers lost to the Astros in the 2017 World Series and to the Red Sox in the 2018 World Series.

“I am focused right now on the Dodgers and the Dodgers fans getting justice,” Cedillo said. “The mere acknowledgment is so significant. There has to be an acknowledgment the best team in baseball those two years was the Dodgers.”

“Dude, I don’t need publicity,” Cedillo continued. “I’ve been in public life for 22 years. These are my constituents. If I wasn’t in this position, I’d be wondering, shouldn’t somebody do something about this?”

-- The NFL and Fox announced on Thursday Demi Lovato will perform the national anthem before this year’s Super Bowl. 

Lovato will do the honors on Feb. 2 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.

Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will perform the halftime show. 

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I would say I’m hearing the same thing.” -- Lou Merloni, responding to a tweet from Dan Roche saying the MLB investigation into the 2018 Red Sox, while not over yet, is “not turning up a lot”