Tampa Bay Rays: do we care Charlie Morton is trying to save face

ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA - JULY 02: Charlie Morton #50 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches during a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field on July 02, 2019 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA - JULY 02: Charlie Morton #50 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches during a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field on July 02, 2019 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /
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Like many others Tampa Bay Rays SP Charlie Morton got a ring in 2017 and then got paid, now he just wants to clear the air on the cheating scandal.

The many layers of the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal have been peeled back and put on display for everyone to sift through. Players were given immunity for telling the truth when they sat down with baseball’s commissioner, therefore not one player was subjected to punishment.

The league and its fan base have been divided on whether the penalty handed down was harsh enough and whether those sly Astros should show remorse for what they did. Add Tampa Bay Rays starter, Charlie Morton, to the shortlist of players who wish they would have done something to stop the cheating.

Dallas Keuchel recently apologized for the sign-stealing shenanigans, but only after he signed his 3-year, $55.5 million deal. Now Charlie Morton says, “I regret not doing more to stop it.”

Does anybody know if Morton’s hand, with his World Series ring on it, was behind his back at the time? Or was he blowing steam on the ring and polishing it on his shirt when he was uttering these comments?

He sure was blowing smoke by saying he regrets not getting involved and trying to stop the cheating. By the way, Morton says this after he’s already gone on record saying this year will be his last year in baseball.

Coincidence both Keuchel and Morton expressed regret after the ink on their contracts was dry?

Morton was 14-7 with a 3.62 earned run average in 2017. Very solid numbers in what was a rejuvenation year for the right-hander. Morton made 25 starts that season and the Astros hitters scored eight or more runs nine times when he was on the mound.

More than thirty-five percent of the time, the Astros were cheating to provide ample run support for Charlie Morton. Does he still regret not doing something to stop the cheating?

Morton was on the mound when the Astros won game 7 of the World Series in 2017. He followed up his 14-win season with 15 more wins in 2018. In five seasons prior to signing with the Astros Morton won twenty-five games total.

In his two years with the Astros, he won twenty-nine games. He parlayed the success into a two-year $30 million deal with the Tampa Bay Rays. The Astros sign-stealing scandal made a winner out of Charlie Morton and we are to believe he regrets not doing something to stop the cheating.

Collin McHugh pitched on that 2017 Astros team and he is still on the free-agent market. Which do you think will come first, him signing a contract or him saying he is remorseful for the cheating?