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Mike Trout Has Strong Response To Astros Cheating Scandal

Mike Trout stands in the dugout.

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels stands in the dugout before their game against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on September 18, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

There have been a lot of strong and blunt takes from MLB players and analysts over the Houston Astros cheating scandal that has rocked the sport. But you won't find many that are as direct as the one Angels slugger Mike Trout had this past week.

Speaking to reporters at spring training today, Trout asserted plainly, "They cheated." He further said that he does not agree with the punishment, apparently feeling it was too light. Trout added that he "lost respect for some of those guys" on the Astros team.

"They cheated," Trout said. "I don't agree with the punishment... I lost respect for some of those guys."

Trout later said that he didn't have a chance to go to the plate "knowing what's coming." He teased that it "would be a lot of fun" to know what the pitch would be.

The Astros were fined several million dollars in cash and lost multiple draft picks for using technology to read pitches and send messages to their players. Astros GM Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch were suspended by the league and later fired.

But the fallout from the scandal extended beyond the Astros. Red Sox manager Alex Cora and Mets manager Carlos Beltran were both forced to resign due to their association with the team during the 2017 season.

Fortunately for the Astros, Major League Baseball decided not to take back their 2017 World Series title.

What do you think about Trout's comments on the matter?