Dodgers center fielder and reigning NL MVP Cody Bellinger did not hold back when making comments Friday morning on the Astros' sign-stealing scandal.
Bellinger was a member of the Dodgers team that fell to the Astros in the 2017 World Series after seven games, and he feels cheated, to say the least.
"I thought the apologies were whatever. I thought Jim Crane's was weak. (Robert) Manfred's punishment was weak, giving them immunity. I mean these guys were cheating for three years. I think what people don't realize is (Jose) Altuve stole an MVP from (Aaron) Judge in '17. Everyone knows they stole the ring from us," Bellinger said to reporters at Dodgers spring training.
Aside from touching on the overall team perspectives of the Astros defeating both the Yankees and Dodgers in the playoffs en route to a World Series title, Bellinger also discussed that 2017 AL MVP race in his comments.
For those who don't remember, Altuve and Judge went 1-2 in the AL MVP race after they both put up impressive numbers.
Altuve led all of baseball with a .346 BA, and added a.410 OBP and .547 SLG to lead the 101-win Astros into the playoffs.
But Judge's story may have been just a bit better. Playing in his first full season in the league, Judge set a then-MLB rookie record of 52 home runs and held slashes of .284/.422/.627 to earn himself the AL Rookie of the Year award.
Although the MVP award is for the regular season, Judge managed to help lead the Yankees to Game 7 of the ALCS in what was supposed to be a building year in New York. The Yankees lost every game at Minute Maid Park during that series in Houston.