The Houston Astros do NOT deserve an asterisk next to their 2017 World Series championship ... so says Miguel Cabrera, who thinks the notion of a tainted title is "bulls***."
The MLB superstar didn't mince words in an interview with ESPN this week ... saying straight-up Houston earned its '17 ring, despite its massive sign-stealing, cheating scandal that season.
"In the end ... it's baseball," the future Hall of Famer said. "[Try to] go ahead and do it like those guys did."
It's a hot take from Cabrera ... considering most of Miguel's baseball peers wildly disagree.
MVPs like Cody Bellinger and Mike Trout have blasted the Astros for their roles in the cheating ordeal ... and were HEATED when none of the players were severely punished.
Mike Trout is not happy with the Astros and the punishment they received pic.twitter.com/VDwJCFZXHl— Rhett Bollinger (@RhettBollinger) February 17, 2020
Mike Trout is not happy with the Astros and the punishment they received pic.twitter.com/VDwJCFZXHl
In fact, former Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia has been so livid over it all ... he's ripped the 'Stros every opportunity he's had, even recently calling Carlos Correa a "clown."
Cabrera -- whose Tigers manager is now former Astros 2017 bench honcho A.J. Hinch -- clearly sees things differently ... saying of the entire ordeal, "I don't care about that."
Cabrera says Hinch has been nothing but a good dude since the Tigers hired him this offseason ... adding, "I don't care what they did in Houston."
"He [was] a big part of the success Houston had the last three to five years."
For the Astros' part ... many of their star players have apologized for the scandal -- and Hinch himself has taken responsibility for his role in all the cheating.