“Once a cheater always a cheater” - MLB fans troll Astros as pitcher Ronel Blanco gets ejected due to foreign substance

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MLB fans troll Astros as pitcher Ronel Blanco gets ejected due to foreign substance

It was not long since Ronel Blanco threw a 'no-hitter' for the Houston Astros. Blanco seemed to be the bright spot for the Astros' pitching squad in an otherwise underwhelming season, but his last outing added more misery for the team.

Blanco was ejected during the fourth inning against the Oakland Athletics after the umpires found a foreign substance on his glove. Manager Joe Espada went out to discuss the issue. However, Laz Diaz, the third base umpire had no option but to ask the righty to leave the game.

Fans quickly reacted to Blanco's ejection, drawing comparisons with the Astros sign-stealing scandal that broke in 2019.

Here's a look at some of the fan reactions.

"Once a cheater always a cheater," wrote one fan.
"Yeah no wonder bro has been pitching like a superstar this year," another fan wrote.
"Astros cheating? this ain't nothing new," another fan chipped in.

Comments continued to pour in as fans trolled the franchise for the incident.

"Yep their season started off so bad they decided to go back to comfortable practices," one fan wrote.
"So that’s how he got his no hitter earlier in the season? Typical Astros," another fan chimed in.
"Astros can’t have a good pitcher without them cheating," one fan wrote.

Ronel Blanco to face a 10-game suspension

The MLB has been pretty strict when it comes to cracking down on the use of foreign substances. Dodgers pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto was also checked in his last outing. It's a common practice for umpires to check the gloves of pitchers.

Ronel Blanco's glove was confiscated and he is expected to face a 10-game suspension. Espada noted white power inside Blanco's glove, suggesting that it could have been rosin he applied on his left arm.

First-base umpire Erich Bacchus said it was the stickiest substance he had ever felt on a glove.

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