1:41 PM PT -- 1/17 -- Not all MLB players are willing to blast the Astros publicly like Clevinger ... we just got Padres superstar Fernando Tatis out in NYC ... and he said leave him out the scandal!!!
10:41 AM PT -- 1/17 -- Clevinger isn't done speaking his mind on the Astros cheating scandal ... saying the team was talented enough that there was no need to cheat.
"That's another part that pisses me off. That lineup's talented enough that I think if they just had the due diligence to do the regular baseball s**t -- pick one, I'm tipping whatever -- they'd do damage."
"You have buddies that if they knew what was coming would be perennial All-Stars in the big leagues, dude."
Clevinger says the impact of cheating could have serious consequences for borderline players who are trying to make it to the majors the right way but losing jobs to people who cheat.
"But, to each their own. I'm not going to sit here and just be quiet about someone blatantly taking millions of dollars and food off my table, let alone other people's tables."
"I don't think any of those motherf**kers should be able to look us in the eye. They should feel ashamed."
Clevinger finished his rant by essentially saying the punishment handed down by MLB doesn't fit the crime ... because the players will still be champs and the team only loses $5 million.
"This is worse than steroids."
That's Cleveland Indians superstar Mike Clevingergoing OFF on the Houston Astros ... ripping them for getting caught in a massive cheating scandal!!
"They shouldn’t feel comfortable looking at any of us in the eye let alone on the field," Clevinger said. "And any other MLB player feel different, they can get it too."
As we previously reported, the MLB dropped the hammer on Houston earlier this week ... revealing its investigation into the Astros found the team did, in fact, steal signs from opponents beginning in the 2017 season.