Terry Francona on OMF takes offense to belief that everyone is cheating in baseball

Ryan Hannable
January 16, 2020 - 11:05 am

On Wednesday, Indians manager Terry Francona joined Ordway, Merloni & Fauria to discuss the state of baseball when it comes to sign stealing following MLB's investigation into the Astros for what took place in 2017 and now the Red Sox in 2018.

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MLB suspended Astros manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeffrey Luhnow a year on Monday, and then Houston fired them. Meanwhile, MLB said they will wait to discipline Alex Cora, who was heavily involved with the Astros' sign-stealing scheme, until its investigation into the Red Sox is completed. But, the Red Sox and Cora decided to part ways before that even comes out based on what happened in Houston.

Following all this, many have come to the conclusion that every team in baseball does this in some shape or form, but Francona disagreed.

“I don’t think people should say that because that is not true," he said. "I would take offense to that. We were told, I don’t have the exact date, but I remember when the Red Sox thing came up with the Apple Watch and we got a memo from the league saying we had to sign off that we’re responsible for what happens with our team and they were not going to tolerate it. I took it that they meant it, and it is pretty obvious that they did.”

Francona noted he could not comment on what happened with Hinch, Luhnow and Cora, but said it was tough because Cora is such a close friend.

“Personally, because Alex is such a good friend of mine, you feel like you got kicked in the stomach a little bit," he said. "You never want to see your friends, something happen like that. Even if I was allowed to answer, I am not sure what my answer would be, and that is the truth. It’s kind of confusing. In our game, you go all the way back to the 50s and some of these things get romanticized and it is part of baseball. Then all of a sudden, you have all this technology and it gets a little confusing. I think there were probably lines that were crossed.”

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