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What they’re saying about the Astros sign-stealing scandal

Here’s a sampling of perspective from spring training camps
Houston Astros' Jose Altuve celebrate after a two-run home run off New York Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapman to win Game 6 of baseball's American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, in Houston. The Astros won 6-4 to win the series 4-2. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) [MATT SLOCUM | AP]

As spring training opened around Florida this past week, here’s what players had to stay on the sign-stealing scandal that has rocked Major League Baseball:

“What happened to the term ‘cheaters never prosper?’ ” — Former Rays and current Giants third baseman Evan Longoria

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“If I hit a home run at Yankee Stadium to send my team to the World Series, if they want to, they can take off everything, even my pants.’’ — Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez, on Houston’s Jose Altuve refusing to allow teammates to pull off his jersey after his pennant-clinching homer, fueling speculation he was hiding a buzzer.

“I would rather face a player that was taking steroids than face a player that knew every pitch that was coming.’’ — Dodgers pitcher Alex Wood

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“I feel like what they did is worse than betting on your team to win as a manager, and we’ve already seen the repercussions.’’

Former Rays and current Pirates pitcher Chris Archer, comparing the cheating scandal to Pete Rose’s transgressions that got him banned for life.

"I don’t think any of those (guys) should be able to look us in the eye. They should feel ashamed.’’ — Indians pitcher Mike Clevinger

“I’m not going to let them forget the fact that they are hypocrites, they are cheaters, they’ve stolen from a lot of other people and the game itself.’’ — Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer

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“It’s a disgrace what they’ve done and they’re going to have to live with it and everyone knows.’’ — Phillies reliever David Robertson

“Somebody in that locker room had to say, ‘This is (messed) up. We shouldn’t be doing this.’ For nobody to stand up and nobody to say, ‘We’re cheating other players’ — that sucks. That’s a (bad) feeling for everybody. I hope they feel (bad).” — Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney, on the Astros clubhouse culture.

Houston Astros infielder Alex Bregman, left, and teammate Jose Altuve delivered statements during a news conference Thursday in West Palm Beach, Fla. [JEFF ROBERSON | AP]

“Did you really need that? In the back of your mind are you really comfortable knowing you did that?’’ — Rays catcher Kevan Smith, noting how much talent the Astros have.

“My feelings really haven’t changed much. Nobody’s getting a win out of this. It doesn’t look very good and I guess I’m just fortunate to be here and be able to move past it and get to experience all the great things about coming to a new team and all that kind of stuff.” — Former Astros and current Yankees pitcher Gerrit Cole, on looking back and ahead.

“What ultimately doesn’t sit well is that not only did they use that to win games, that also potentially could have affected the livelihood of other players." Mike Zunino, Rays catcher on the impact of the scandal.

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“That’s quite a stretch there. Clearly, on what level did it impact things I guess we’ll never know and that’s where people draw their own conclusions on, but clearly we’re talking about some of the things that went on, those things have an impact on teams, literally.” — Yankees manager Aaron Boone, on Houston owner Jim Crane’s claim that the sign-stealing didn’t impact the game.

“The people who were actually involved on the field, they still get to play, they still get checks, they still get to do what they love. A.J. Hinch’s name might be tarnished for the rest of his career. The whole situation is disheartening.’’ — Archer, on the former Houston manager taking the blame while players were unpunished.

Compiled from interviews by Times staff writers Marc Topkin, Eduardo A. Encina, Rodney Page, Mari Faiello and John Romano, and internet and Twitter reports.

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