After being dispatched by the Astros in the first round of the playoffs, the Cleveland Indians apparently warned the Boston Red Sox that Houston might attempt to steal signs or information from their dugout.
"We are aware of the matter, and it will be handled internally", Pat Courtney, MLB's chief communications officer, said Tuesday night, following Boston's 8-2 victory in Game 3 at Houston's Minute Maid Park.
According to Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com, an employee of the Astros, holding a cellphone camera, was removed twice by security from the photographer's pit next to the Indians' dugout during Game 3 on October 8.
"I'm always concerned about [sign-stealing] throughout the season", Cora said after the game.
The Astros will Defend H-Town in the ALCS against the Red Sox. Hoynes notes in his column that Cleveland worked so diligently to protect its signs in the weeks leading up to the ALDS that the efforts "bordered on paranoia".
"There's some unintended consequences that come with the advancement of technology", Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. ESPN's Buster Olney pointed out the Red Sox were using multiple signs with the bases empty to avoid having their signs stolen, though they did that long before their series with Houston.
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Red Sox security reportedly was warned about the man due to suspicious activity in Houston's ALDS against the Cleveland Indians . Plate umpire Joe West didn't see that Holt was hit, but Red Sox Manager Alex Cora challenged successfully for the hit-by-pitch.
HOUSTON-The time-honored practice of Major League Baseball teams trying to decode opponents' signs is seldom detectable to the naked eye, and it is rarely openly discussed. 'They'll do what they have to do.
The Red Sox were caught stealing signs last season using a Fitbit product to communicate between a member of the organization in video replay room to the athletic trainer in the dugout.
According to Yahoo, a pair of Major League Baseball players claimed to have witnessed the Astros banging a trash can in the dugout in recent years, ostensibly to indicate to the hitter what the upcoming pitch would be.
We will live stream both pre- and post-game shows from the Click2Houston Digital Center with our analyst on Click2Houston.com, the KPRC2 YouTube page and the KPRC2 Facebook page. He was watching their dugout to ensure they weren't stealing signs or doing something else nefarious.
According to the report, the Yankees had long held suspicions that the rival Red Sox were stealing signals at Fenway Park, and their claims were corroborated by the league after filing the complaint.
Overall view of Fenway Park during a game between between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park May 5, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts.