Former Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish, who absorbed much of the blame for the team’s failure to win the 2017 World Series against the Houston Astros, had some lighthearted fun on Twitter Monday after the Astros were hit with severe punishment from Major League baseball for devising and engaging in a sophisticated scheme to steal their opponents’ signs.

Darvish, who lasted just five outs and 47 pitches and left the Dodgers with a five-run deficit in his dreadful Game 7 start against Houston, tweeted that he would “love to join” if the Dodgers were planning a parade to celebrate a World Series win some would suggest they were cheated out of the Astros.

Whicker: MLB’s punishment of Astros was the least it could do

In what’s been called the sport’s largest scandal since the Biogenesis drug suspensions in 2013, Commissioner Rob Manfred announced Monday that Astros manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were suspended by Major League Baseball for the team’s sign-stealing during Houston’s run to the 2017 World Series title and during the 2018 season. Hinch and Luhnow were both fired by the Astros within hours of Manfred’s announcement, and the Astros were fined $5 million and will forfeit their next two first- and second-round draft picks.

The Dodgers issued a statement Monday night essentially saying they would have nothing to say on the matter, indicating that MLB has asked the club “not to comment on any wrongdoing during the 2017 World Series and will have no further comment at this time.”

There are no parade plans, of course, but if there were …

Darvish’s wife Seiko, a four-time World Champion wrestler for Japan while known as Seiko Yamamoto, also chimed in:

Manfred indicated that Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora— the Astros bench coach in 2017 and a former Dodgers player — will face equal or more severe punishment. Manfred said Cora developed the sign-stealing system used by the Astros. The Red Sox are under investigation for sign stealing in Cora’s first season as manager in 2018, when the Red Sox beat the Dodgers to win the World Series.

Reaction to the news was swift, and the prevailing sentiment is that the Astros are getting what they deserve. A sampling:

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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