The Houston Astros have launched an investigation into claims the team cheated during the 2017 Major League Baseball season. the same year they won the World Series.
Mike Fiers, who now pitches for the Oakland Athletics, told the website that he warned teammates with the Detroit Tigers and A's that Astros hitters had used a video feed piped into a monitor near the dugout to decode signs and relay them to hitters during games. "It's easy to blame someone when they win".
And the team's advance scouts assigned to cover the Houston Astros, their World Series opponents, brought it up to Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers' president of baseball operations: The Astros were using a system beyond the norm to steal signs.
The Houston Astros used a camera in center field to steal signs during 2017 home games, The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich reported Tuesday.
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.
Houston - which won the World Series over the Dodgers in 2017 - fell in 7 games to the Nationals earlier this month in this year's championship.
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The MLB concluded that Houston was not cheating when a team employee was taking cellphone photos of the visiting dugouts in Cleveland and Boston during their postseason games - they were actually monitoring the field to ensure that the Indians and the Red Sox weren't violating rules. After the third one, I stepped off. Like I said, I think the best course of action is not to speculate right now. Astros players would watch the other team's signs on a video monitor near their dugout and then clank on a garbage can to signal what pitch was coming.
League rules explicitly ban the use of electronic equipment to steal signs between the catcher and pitcher or to relay that information to batters or dugout personnel. Several accusations, some involving the Astros, have been made against clubs in recent years.
The league now is looking into the team after assistant general manager Brandon Taubman taunted female reporters in the aftermath of their victory against the Yankees.
Luhnow was asked Tuesday if he is concerned that the team's reputation has taken a hit. We all agree to follow them.