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Two California Little Leagues ban Astros name

Field Level Media
16 Feb 2020, 06:40 GMT+10

The effects of the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal have trickled down to Little League.

The Orange County Register reported the Long Beach Little League and the East Fullerton Little League have banned the use of the name Astros from their teams this year.

"Parents are disgusted," Long Beach Little League president Steve Klaus told the newspaper. "They are disgusted with the Astros and their lack of ownership and accountability. We know there's more to this scandal. What's coming tomorrow? With the Astros, you've got premeditated cheating."

A Major League Baseball investigation found the Astros illegally stole signs during the 2017 and 2018 seasons. Houston won the World Series in 2017.

Two teams in East Fullerton have changed names from the Astros.

"Our league received negative feedback from parents who felt the Astros name was equated with impropriety," East Fullerton Little League president Greg Taylor told the Register.

The Long Beach Little League is considering banning the Astros name permanently.

"Our mission statement has the words 'character' and 'integrity,'" Klaus said. "It's hard to develop integrity and character when you see (cheating) at the top level."

--Field Level Media

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