Astros sign stealing charges latest to tarnish reputation

Tanya Simon
November 16, 2019

Accusations continue to surround the Houston Astros, with former players such as Mike Fiers even admitting the team got away with cheating (stealing signs) in 2017, when they won the World Series.

Fiers, who now pitches for the Oakland Athletics, said that the team had a camera in centerfield that was hooked up to a monitor in the clubhouse.

Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow was asked by reporters about the accusation Tuesday at the annual meeting of general managers in Scottsdale, Arizona. Meanwhile, Reddit user "ryanmull1089" posted video suggesting the Astros used a similar system in the 2017 World Series - but with a whistle in place of the banging.

The Houston Astros lost Game 7 of the World Series last month to the Washington Nationals.

Sign-stealing in baseball is the act of observing signals by opposing teams, most commonly between pitchers and catchers, in an attempt to gain a tactical advantage by identifying what kind of pitch is likely to be thrown. Listen, sign stealing in baseball is perfectly fine and a form of gamesmanship, but what the Astros have done is repulsive and they have crossed the line. While stealing signs is not generally against Major League rules, the league does not allow teams to use electronic technology to do so.

However, Cashman said teams who cheat should face "consequences".

"If you're not following the rules, it's a serious matter", he said. I wanted to help them out and say, 'Hey, this stuff really does go on.

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He said after Chicago changed to more complex signals "the banging stopped".

"So we're going to have to wait and see".

An investigation determined the Astros "did not engage in any activities prohibited by MLB policies" amid questions about whether the team relayed signs to hitters from the dugout with whistling during Game 1 of the 2019 American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees, according to Bleacher Report, citing a tweet from Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Smith went off on First Take this morning as he went as a result of all of the concerns the Astros have absent by way of about the past yr, together with how they blew it in the 2019 Globe Sequence.

"There was just a lot of speculation at the time about it", Friedman said. "He still has the home run record so I don't think they're going to go back and do an about face". "After we review this new information we will determine any necessary next steps".

Major League Baseball already is investigating the Astros and their team culture after former assistant general manager Brandon Taubman made inappropriate remarks to three female reporters in October.

The Astros are also under investigation after assistant general manager Brandon Taubman was sacked for inappropriate comments directed at female reporters following the team's win in the American League Championship series. Taubman was sacked by the Astros on October 24 and the team has since retracted the statement.

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