Friday, 16 November, 2018

MLB Clears Astros of Any Wrongdoing in Sign-Stealing Scandal

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Frederick Owens | 18 October, 2018, 16:58

In the eyes of Major League Baseball, the Houston Astros did not violate any rules related to spying on the Red Sox, or any team, during the 2018 postseason.

Game 4 of the American League Championship Series will mostly be remembered for Andrew Benintendi's clutch catch in left field and Mookie Betts's controversial play in right - and deservedly so - but the Red Sox wouldn't have emerged with an 8-6 win had it not been for incredibly timely hitting.

Another Astros staffer reportedly intervened after the employee was removed from the section and tried to convince security the man was authorized to be in the credentialed area despite not having a media credential. The employee, reported by Yahoo's Jeff Passan to be Kyle McLaughlin, was said to be pointing a small camera into the Boston dugout. The Houston Astros have been cited as an ahead of the curve organization as they've risen in recent years, but now they may be taking things to another level.

Both the Red Sox and Astros have been using multiple signs with nobody on base, during this series.

Sign-stealing has always been a part of baseball, but technological advances have created complications.

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More to come from Houston. Manager Alex Cora seemed to indicate on Wednesday that the plan would be to start Sale in that game.

After being asked about the man claiming to be an Astros' employee and the warning given to the Red Sox, an Indians spokesman said via email on Tuesday, "We are not going to comment on this situation". After MLB found the Red Sox used electronic devices to steal hand signals from opposing catchers on the Yankees and other teams, the Red Sox filed a complaint alleging the Yankees used a camera from YES Network, co-owned by Yankee Global Enterprises, to relay signs during games. 'I'm anxious about the game'.

These Red Sox seem to treat imposing road locales with the same laissez-faire attitude that Rocky Balboa treated Russian Federation when he took on Ivan Drago. Granted, that stat is a bit skewed by the 16-1 shellacking against the Yankees in Game 3 of the American League Division Series, but it's an accurate representation of the big picture trend.

HOUSTON-There are baseball players who could rightly be called sluggers.

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