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Mike Trout, of the Los Angeles Angels, had some harsh words for Major League Baseball on Friday, blasting the league's handling of a cheating scandal in which an Astros player allegedly used masking tape to improve his swings.

"We should all have [that] respect for the game of baseball," Trout said Friday on the Jon Miller & Boog Powell show on Fox Sports LA. "It's the one time a year we get to live out a dream, be in this position. Unfortunately, it's all you're hearing about now. I lost a lot of respect for a lot of people who were involved in this whole thing."

On Thursday, MLB suspended outfielder George Springer for 50 games after admitting to using sunglasses and masking tape to improve his accuracy in batting practice. In his first public comments since the story broke, Springer apologized to teammates and the Astros organization, but was not remorseful for the instance of cheating he admitted to.

"As a player, we are always in competition with another player. However, this is not a game about cheating. It's a game about winning. We let our emotions get the best of us at times," Springer said Thursday. "Unfortunately, when you're sitting in a batting cage, you are trying to figure out how you can help your team win, and that sometimes comes with making mistakes."

Springer apologized to fellow players, saying he couldn't imagine doing something like the stunt in any other sport. He also said he regretted what happened, and that it was his "one mistake."