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Sports Report: Astros stole signs electronically in 2017

23:10  12 november  2019
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When the Astros figured out opposing teams’ signs , they’d signal for a breaking ball by banging on a trash can, according to the report . Mike Fiers with the Astros in 2017 .Getty Images. Danny Farquhar, who had a brief stint in the Yankees organization this year before retiring, noticed the noise while

Astros players would try to decode their opponents' signs and then alert hitters if an off-speed pitch was coming by banging on a dugout trashcan, per the report . One Astros source was adamant: The team should not become the poster child for sign stealing .

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The Houston Astros stole signs during home games at Minute Maid Park during the 2017 season, reports The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich.

Four people who were with the Astros in 2017, including pitcher Mike Fiers, confirmed to Rosenthal and Drellich that the Astros were stealing signs in real time with the aid of a camera in the outfield.

MLB is already investigating the Astros' culture following the firing of assistant general manager Brandon Taubman for insensitive remarks toward a group of reporters following the ALCS. That investigation could reportedly be expanded to determine which members of the Astros organization were aware of the illegal sign-stealing and whether the team kept doing it.

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The Houston Astros beat the New York Yankees in seven games in the 2017 American League Championship Series. Four people who were with the Astros in 2017 , including pitcher Mike Fiers, said that during that season, the Astros stole signs during home games in real time with the aid of a

Sign - stealing has existed nearly as long as the game of baseball has been played. And some suspect the Astros to be guilty of more than just sign - stealing . Earlier this year, Bauer questioned how his old rival Scott Miller covers Major League Baseball as a national columnist for Bleacher Report .

The league is also expected to interview current and former Astros players and employees, according to The Athletic's sources.

The sign-stealing setup apparently involved a camera in center field that looked in on an opposing catcher's signs. The camera's feed was reportedly shown on a television monitor on a wall steps from the team's home dugout. Team employees and players would watch the screen to try and decode the opposing team's signs, sources said. If viewers believed they had figured the signs out, they would communicate to the batter with a loud noise, sources explained - usually by banging on a trash can in a tunnel near the dugout.

While two of The Athletic's sources said the Astros' sign-stealing system was used during the 2017 playoffs, another person insisted that the practice stopped at the end of the regular season. The Astros won the World Series in 2017.

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"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 explained. "Young guys getting hit around in the first couple of innings starting a game, and then they get sent down. It's (B.S.) on that end. It's ruining jobs for younger guys."

Former White Sox pitcher Danny Farquhar appeared to notice what the Astros were doing in September 2017 when he heard loud banging during two relief appearances at Minute Maid Park.

"There was a banging from the dugout, almost like a bat hitting the bat rack every time a changeup signal got put down," Farquhar said. "After the third one, I stepped off. I was throwing some really good changeups and they were getting fouled off. After the third bang, I stepped off."

The banging apparently stopped after Farquhar and his catcher began using a more complex series of signs.

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Former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers told The Athletic that the team used a camera in center field to help steal signs . Allegations of cheating by the Astros have chased the organization for years, going back to its World Series victory in 2017 against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The reports claim McLaughlin would read the opposing team's signs , pass along the information, and then personnel in the dugout would relay that information to the hitter with Officially, MLB has no rules against sign stealing . The violation here would involve the technology and electronic devices used.

During the 2018 playoffs, a person connected to the Astros named Kyle McLaughlin was discovered taking pictures during the team's series against the Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox.

MLB did not reprimand the Astros in 2018 and wound up clearing them of wrongdoing after Houston GM Jeff Luhnow said they were trying to detect whether their opponents were cheating.

During the 2019 ALCS, players and coaches from the New York Yankees said the Astros were using whistling to steal signs. The Astros were once again cleared.

Major League Baseball prohibits clubs from using electronics to gain an unfair advantage by stealing a catcher's signs. Teams are also prohibited from signaling to their hitters from the dugout through whistling or other means.

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