Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer is one of baseball's most outspoken individuals, and the 29-year-old unsurprisingly offered his opinion about the results of a cheating scandal that has taken Major League Baseball by storm this week.
After three managers and one general manager were either fired or agreed to part ways with the Houston Astros, Boston Red Sox, and New York Mets, new rumors surfaced alleging Astros players Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman used wires and buzzers under their jerseys to alert them of pitches.
"I don't have any inside knowledge directly of the situation, I've never played for the Astros, but I've heard from three independent people - that don’t know each other - that this is a real thing, that it happened," Bauer explained to Roberts. "I've been hearing about this for two years. Other players I've talked to have heard similar things."
During the interview, Bauer opined that the incident is worse than the steroid era and up there with the 1919 Black Sox scandal as one of the ugliest things to ever hit baseball.
"It's a huge black eye for the sport, and I would tend to agree that it's worse than the steroid era," Bauer said. "If you've got an individual, or many individuals, who are on steroids, you still have to compete and hit the ball, you don't know exactly what’s coming."
Altuve issued a statement through his agent, Scott Boras, on Thursday denying the allegations, which was followed by a separate statement from MLB, claiming the league had no proof of these actions.