Cody Bellinger Says Jose Altuve 'Stole' MVP From Aaron Judge In 2017

Bellinger also said “everyone knows they stole the (World Series) ring from us.”

Brandon Scott
February 14, 2020 - 1:43 pm

Dodgers star slugger Cody Bellinger sounded off about the Astros sign-stealing scandal. 

Speaking on it for the first time publicly, Bellinger said he was not moved by the apologies and he specifically thought Astros owner Jim Crane’s message was weak. 

Bellinger accused Jose Altuve of stealing the 2017 American League MVP award from the Yankees’ Aaron Judge, who finished as the runner-up. He also said “everyone knows they stole the ring from us.”

The Astros beat the Dodgers in seven games to win the 2017 World Series, which many believe is now tainted by the sign-stealing scandal. It resulted in the dismissal of three Major League Baseball managers with ties to the scandal -- A.J. Hinch, Alex Cora and Carlos Beltran -- and the Astros fired Jeff Luhnow as general manager. 

“I know, personally, I lost respect for those guys,” Bellinger said Friday. “I would say everyone in the show, in the big leagues, lost respect for those guys.”

While the Astros on Thursday denied using buzzers to help with sign-stealing as recently as last season, Bellinger does not seem convinced. 

Rumors surfaced online about Altuve possibly wearing a buzzer under his jersey when he hit a walkoff home run against Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman to send the Astros to their second World Series in three seasons.

The Astros lost the Washington Nationals in seven games.

“I don’t know what human hits a walkoff home run against Aroldis Chapman to send your team to the World Series and one, has the thought to say don’t rip my jersey off. But two, go in the tunnel, change your shirt, and then come out and do your interview,” said Bellinger, who won the National League MVP in 2019. 

“That makes no sense to me, makes zero sense to me.”

Earlier in the week, Yankees pitcher Gary Sanchez joked that he would be OK if his teammates ripped off all of his clothes in a situation like Altuve’s, which Bellinger agreed. 

“In the ninth inning, at home?” Bellinger said. “I’m going crazy.”

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