Tom Glavine calls out Astros sign-stealing critics: 'Everybody's trying to find an edge'


Of the 30 cities that have Major League Baseball teams, perhaps 29 of them are rooting for the Atlanta Braves in this year's World Series, since the Houston Astros have been scapegoated as the posterchild for cheating.

But the sign-stealing scandal won't be on Tom Glavine's mind for the next week and a half. The Hall of Fame pitcher and Braves legend doesn't hold a grudge against the 2017 World Series champion Astros.

"I don't even think about it. I'm not going to say that what the Astros did was right, by any stretch of the imagination. Everybody in baseball is trying to cheat, don't kid yourself," Glavine told The Zach Gelb Show on Monday night. "Everybody's trying to find an advantage, find an edge. Now, what the Astros did at the time crossed the line, and there's no question about that.

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"But I feel like there's a lot of people casting stones who maybe shouldn't be casting stones... They crossed the line, they suffered the consequences for it. And look, to their credit, here they are again... A lot of those guys paid a pretty heavy price. But to me, it's over and done with. And any suggestion that what happened that year has something to do with what the Astros are doing this year, I just think is ridiculous."

In January 2020, the Astros were disciplined by MLB after its investigation found that the team used electronics to steal signs during their 2017 season and run to the ALCS in 2018. To decode the opposing catchers' signs, they used a center-field video feed during home games, and then players banged on a dugout trash can to let batters know what kind of pitch was coming.

Although no Astros players were punished -- MLB commissioner Rob Manfred granted them immunity during the league investigation -- manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were each suspended for one season and then fired in the fallout. MLB also fined the franchise $5 million, and docked four draft picks.

Game 1 of the World Series between the Astros and Braves will take place on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park, with first pitch scheduled for 7:09 CT.

The entire MLB conversation between Glavine and Gelb can be accessed in the audio player above.

You can follow The Zach Gelb Show on Twitter @ZachGelb and Tom Hanslin @TomHanslin.

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