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    Exclamation MLB investigates claims the Houston Astros CHEATED during their World Series-winning 2017 season

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...ole-signs.html

    Major League Baseball has expanded its investigation into the Houston Astros after The Athletic website reported the team stole signs during home games in 2017 by using a camera positioned in center field.

    The report Tuesday quoted pitcher Mike Fiers, who played for the Astros that season, and three other unidentified people with the club. The Astros won the World Series that year - two sources told The Athletic that Houston used the system into the playoffs while another source said the system ended before the postseason.

    The website said the process was started by a struggling hitter and a coach, neither of whom was identified. The camera at Minute Maid Park was connected to a television monitor in the tunnel between the Astros' dugout and clubhouse, The Athletic said, and team employees or players would communicate expected pitches by banging a trash can to signal off-speed pitches.

    'I just want the game to be cleaned up a little bit because there are guys who are losing their jobs because they're going in there not knowing,' Fiers told the website.

    The Astros said in a statement the team 'has begun an investigation in cooperation with Major League Baseball' and declined additional comment.

    Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow declined to talk about specifics.

    'We take the allegation seriously and we're going to look into it. If you're not following the rules, it's a serious matter,' he said Tuesday at the annual GM meetings. 'I'm not going to get into exactly what I knew or anybody knew at this point. So I'm just going to have to wait and see. But I'm sure there will be an appropriate time to answer that question directly.'

    Danny Farquhar, who pitched for the Chicago White Sox twice at Minute Maid Park in September 2017, told The Athletic of ''a banging from the dugout, almost like a bat hitting the bat rack every time a changeup signal got put down.' He said after Chicago changed to more complex signals 'the banging stopped.'
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    Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Carson Smith added to the sign stealing allegations on Twitter, saying that the Astros bullpen catcher would send signs to certain batters. He added that the 'Astros went to extreme measures, undoubtedly still do, and it's paid off for them.'

    MLB strengthened its rules against sign stealing before the 2019 season, instituting procedures attempting to ensure teams did not use video to steal signs.

    'After we review this new information we will determine any necessary next steps,' MLB said in a statement.

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    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/sp...ngs-plate.html

    Damning new footage has come to light to suggest that the Houston Astros cheated on their journey to the World Series title in 2017.

    A report by The Athletic alleging that the Astros stole signs by positioning a camera in the centre of the field has rocked Major League Baseball, as the organisation continues its investigations into the behaviour of the 2017 champions.

    The report quoted pitcher Mike Fiers, who played for the Astros that season, and three other unidentified people with the club, who say that by positioning the camera in the centre of the field during home games, team analysts could work out the different variations of pitch that will be used by their opponents.

    In order to convey that message to the batter at the plate, a team member would use a drum to signal what sort of pitch was coming their way, with a different number of bangs indicating what was to come.

    And new footage has emerged involving Astros bat Carlos Beltran listening out for loud bangs while at the plate against Tampa Bay Rays.

    In the 55-second clip, Beltran plays five pitches from Chris Archer, right-hander, with a runner on first. As can be seen in the video, a slider brings one audible bang, two bangs for changeups and none for fastballs.

    Despite being out at first, Beltran hit a fastball which allowed the runner to move to second with two outs.

    Fiers alleged that the process was started by a struggling hitter and a coach, neither of whom was identified.

    The camera at Minute Maid Park was connected to a television monitor in the tunnel between the Astros' dugout and clubhouse and team employees or players would communicate expected pitches by banging a trash can to signal off-speed pitches.

    Since Fiers' allegations, the Astros said in a statement the team 'has begun an investigation in cooperation with Major League Baseball' and declined additional comment.

    Beltran has been staunch in his denial of the allegations, telling the New York Post: 'I'm not concerned. There's nothing illegal about studying your opposite team.

    'We all have the same opportunity to look out for information and tendencies. I love and respect the game. I will be a student of it and apply all the lessons.'


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