I suspect there actually wasn’t much talking about it when players changed teams. For one thing, these players would have been culpable to some degree, even if they weren’t active participants but failed to do anything to stop it. How nobile is it to unearth such a scheme only after you’re no longer benefitting from it? Second, even the most disgruntled employee is no doubt leaving behind friends in that locker room who would suffer the consequences of any action players might take after the fact. You’ve played sports, so you know how important the concept of trust is on a team.But that brings me back to former players. I wonder if there was some sort of NDA or something involved?
I get everything looks dumb and inevitable in hindsight and plenty of people deal drugs or rob banks even though they’re likely to be caught eventually, but running a scheme like this in a competitive league with frequent player movement and millions of dollars at stakes seems incredibly arrogant or reckless.
Though I guess banners fly forever.
Edit: and I suppose there’s the Serpico thing. Any former players benefitted from the system so they’d be ratting on themselves. Even pitchers got W’s, H’s and saves.
I can imagine players giving their new teammates under-the-table advice on behavioral changes they might want to make in orde to thwart the Astros when they played them but not mention any specifics, at least to higher ups.