A pitcher intentionally throwing at a hitter to get some sort of retaliation, for whatever reason, is not uncommon in baseball.
On Friday, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling was asked whether he would consider throwing at any Astros hitters as retaliation for the sign-stealing the organization used in 2017, the same season Houston defeated LA in the World Series. After wavering back and forth, Stripling told reporters he "would lean towards yes," if it was the right time and right place.
Stripling likely does not feel alone in that aspect, as several players across the sport expressed their displeasure in the Astros weak apology, and how they violated the integrity of the game.
The pitcher's comments made its way to Astros manager Dusty Baker, as the new Houston skipper reportedly reached out to the MLB to prevent something like this happening before someone gets hurt.
Baker reached out to the MLB to "try to put a stop to the seemingly premeditated retaliation that I'm hearing about."
"In most instances in life, you get reprimanded when you have premeditated anything," Baker said to the Houston Chronicle's Chandler Rome. "I'm just hoping that the league puts a stop to this before somebody gets hurt."
The Dodgers don't play the Astros this season, so Stripling won't have the chance to throw at a Houston hitter unless the two teams meet in the World Series. But it would not be surprising if any other pitcher felt the same way and threw at an Astros player.
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