Houston Astros front office asked scouts to spy in 2017

Tanya Simon
November 20, 2019

However, ESPN reports the email was sent by Kevin Goldstein, a special assistant to general manager Jeff Luhnow.

The Athletic reports that an Astros executive asked scouts to spy on opponents' dugouts in August of 2017, suggesting in an email that they use cameras or binoculars to do so. As the club discussed its advance scouting plans ahead of the playoffs, the executive asked the team's scouts to pursue sign stealing from the stands, and suggested cameras could be used to do so.

The email was reportedly obtained by the outlet on the condition its sender and recipients would remain anonymous.

From there, players or staffers of the team would watch opposing catchers put down signs and then bang on a trash can to signal the hitter when an off-speed pitch was supposed to come.

With many stories this week about the Houston Astros' electronic sign stealing, it looks like plenty of people are looking for evidence that other teams may have been up over the last couple of years.

This is believed to be the sign-stealing setup, which was briefly shown in a 2017 World Series documentary on the Astros.

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The investigation ramped up this week as they attempt to confirm Fiers' allegations. The report was backed up by pitcher Mike Fiers, who played for the Astros that season. Some were hesitant to join the scheme for fear of ruining "their reputation". Tonight's follow-up report from Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich of The Athletic now indicates that the team's use of camera technology may not have been limited to center field (link).

According to both The Athletic and ESPN, many scouts were taken aback by the email, not wanting to risk the possibility of being caught.

There is no timetable for when Major League Baseball will conclude its investigation and decide on consequences. "It's a way to get a competitive advantage without altering the actual players".

"Technology and stealing info is going to be the black eye of this generation", one longtime Astros employee said.

David Aaro is a Freelance Reporter at Fox News Digital based in New York City.

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