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Sport 'This tarnishes everything': Astros cheating allegations have baseball world demanding punishment

02:40  15 november  2019
02:40  15 november  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

Ex-Astros say team electronically stole signs during 2017 season

  Ex-Astros say team electronically stole signs during 2017 season While the Astros have denied the numerous sign-stealing allegations against them, the former members of their World Series team described the practice they used that season in detail. According to the report, a feed from the camera in the outfield was linked to a television that was positioned on a wall in the tunnel that runs between the home dugout and the clubhouse at Minute Maid Park.

Astros cheating allegations have baseball world demanding punishment . “ This tarnishes everything they’ve done. There should be a huge asterisk next to their World And even if the Astros receive the biggest punishment in baseball history, is it really going to stop teams from trying to cheat .

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 Now that yet another cheating allegation has surfaced against the Astros in a season rife with controversy, it's up to the league to determine if all

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The Major League Baseball general managers slowly trickled out through the resort courtyard late Thursday morning to catch rides to the airport, talking and laughing with one another, giving their best Thanksgiving wishes, and promising to catch up on the phone.

The Astros have won 100 games each of the past three seasons.© Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports The Astros have won 100 games each of the past three seasons.

One GM stood off to the side, obscured by the tall bushes towards the check-in desk, not talking to a soul.

Jeff Luhnow, general manager of the Houston Astros, was the man everyone was talking about at these annual General Manager Meetings, but for all of the wrong reasons.

MLB needs to step up on cheating allegations against Astros: 'It's a serious matter'

  MLB needs to step up on cheating allegations against Astros: 'It's a serious matter' Veteran righty Mike Fiers said that the Astros were stealing signs using electronic means during the 2017 season, another blemish for the organization.Oh, not that whistleblower.

Major League Baseball is now investigating the Astros after The Athletic website reported the "We take the allegation seriously and we're going to look into it," he said at the GM meetings in Arizona. Now that yet another cheating allegation has surfaced against the Astros in a season rife with

Major League Baseball is now investigating the Astros after The Athletic website reported the "We take the allegation seriously and we're going to look into it," he said at the GM meetings in Arizona. Now that yet another cheating allegation has surfaced against the Astros in a season rife with

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There may be 30 different agendas at these meetings, but this time, virtually all were united on one front.

They want to see the Astros go down.

And go down hard.

They want the Astros to pay a fortune in penalties, being fined a record amount of money, forfeiting draft picks, international signing bonuses, and two even told USA TODAY Sports they wish MLB would force them to vacate the 2017 World Series title.

Over the last two days of the General Manager Meetings, USA TODAY Sports spoke to 14 executives from around the league about the allegations made against the Astros. They requested anonymity because MLB instructed them not to publicly discuss the potential offenses.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred comments on Astros sign-stealing allegations, 'really thorough' investigation

  MLB commissioner Rob Manfred comments on Astros sign-stealing allegations, 'really thorough' investigation The league has yet to announce any sort of discipline against the Astros

Major League Baseball and the Astros announced after Fiers' allegations that they would immediately launch an investigation on whether the Astros cheated . Well, if nothing else, the Astros can at least point to this year’s World Series and prove to Major League Baseball they weren’t cheating .

Major League Baseball is now investigating the Astros after The Athletic website reported the “We take the allegation seriously and we’re going to look into it,” he said at the GM meetings in Arizona. While the Astros were competing in their second World Series in three seasons, much of the talk

“They’ve been cheating, they still are cheating, and it’s time MLB puts a stop to it,’’ one National League GM said. “Come on, they won 60 games at home this year. Look at their numbers when guys are on base (MLB-best .282 average) since 2017. The banging of garbage cans and pipes (as a way to convey signs). The whistles. Everything.

“It’s one thing to steal signs with your eyes. We all do that. It’s another to do it electronically, and that’s what they’ve been doing.

“This tarnishes everything they’ve done. There should be a huge asterisk next to their World Series title.’’

The Los Angeles Dodgers, who lost to the Astros in seven games in the 2017 World Series, are convinced more than ever than the Astros cheated. They closely reviewed tapes of Yu Darvish’s starts in Game 3 and Game 7. He was rocked in both starts, lasting just 1 ⅔ innings in each start, yielding a 21.60 ERA in the World Series. He faced a total of 22 batters, and didn’t have a single strikeout, generating only four swing-and-misses out of his 96 pitches, and had a .474 batting average against.

Would taking away draft picks and pool money actually harm the Astros?

  Would taking away draft picks and pool money actually harm the Astros? Specifically: would it actually harm the perpetrators of the sign-stealing scheme?Rob Manfred said earlier this week that he considers sign-stealing to be a “serious matter” and suggested that he could level any punishment he sees fit regardless of precedent. Still, we’re not flying totally blind here, as early in 2019 Major League Baseball stated that teams who were found to be using electronic means to steal signs would receive heavy penalties, including the loss of draft picks and/or bonus pool money if they were found to be in violation.

Major League Baseball says it will take no action over allegations the Houston Astros had cheated during the playoffs.

In a statement, Major League Baseball dispelled the cheating allegations raised against the Astros during the 2018 postseason. The statement also specifically addressed cheating allegations raised against Astros in a report by the the Boston Metro Times during Game 1 of the ALCS vs. the Red Sox.

The Dodgers knew something was amiss, and heard the Astros boasting after the World Series that that Darvish was tipping his pitches. Darvish acknowledged the same during the winter.

One problem.

The Dodgers, after studying the video, said there are no signs at all that Darvish tipped his pitches. They couldn’t find a single time when he openly displayed a tendency to let the Astros know what pitch was coming.

“They would do it in different ways,’’ one executive said. “If they weren’t banging on the pipes, they would disguise it by yelling out from the dugout. If they called your first name, it was a fastball. If they called you by your last name, it was a breaking ball.

“And there’s no way they could pick that up unless they had a live feed off the TV cameras.’’

The league has launched an investigation in which it plans to speak to former and current Astros players. Oakland Athletics starter Mike Fiers, who played for the Astros in 2017, told The Athletic that the Astros had a secret center field camera stealing signs.

New York Mets manager Carlos Beltran, who played for the Astros in 2017, insists that the Astros did nothing against the rules. Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora, who was the bench coach on manager A.J. Hinch’s 2017 staff, has publicly declined comment.

2017 World Series Wikipedia page edited to troll Astros over sign-stealing allegations

  2017 World Series Wikipedia page edited to troll Astros over sign-stealing allegations The Wikipedia page for the 2017 World Series briefly featured an edit that calls humorous attention to the sign-stealing allegations against the then-champion Houston Astros.While the Houston Astros are still listed as World Series champions, the World Series MVP is now listed as the “Centerfield cameraman (Houston).

Passan on Astros allegations : Fallout could be huge for MLB (1:39). Jeff Passan breaks down MLB's investigation of the Astros stealing signs and the So Luhnow is either guilty of knowing that his team ignored baseball 's rules against the use of technology, or he was guilty of staggeringly lax oversight.

Major League Baseball ’s Houston Astros have been dragged into a cheating scandal after a bombshell Stream over 50 sports Live & On- Demand with KAYO SPORTS on your TV, computer The Athletic has reported allegations of the Astros sign stealing in 2017 — the same season the

“I think people have always been suspicious of different ways teams get signs,’’ Tigers GM Al Avila said. “I remember when Justin Verlander was pitching for us, he was always very aware of things that might be going on. Chris Sale got upset thinking guys were getting signs from center field. This stuff has been going on forever.

“All we want is a level playing field, that’s all. You can steal signs, but you can’t do it by electronic means. MLB has made that very clear.’’

Said Yankees GM Brian Cashman: “I don’t think it’s a technological question as much as how you want to operate. You decide to play by the rules, or you don’t. And if you don’t, there’s consequences. You’re putting yourself at risk whether it’s future employment, current employment, or sanctions or what have you.’’

It’s unknown whether MLB will find the Astros guilty of using electronic equipment to steal signs, but the allegations alone has the baseball world furious.

Just imagine if Darvish wasn’t crushed in the World Series. Would he have had to wait until February of 2018 to sign a six-year, $126 million contract with the Chicago Cubs? How much money did it wind up costing him?

2017 World Series Wikipedia page edited to troll Astros over sign-stealing allegations

  2017 World Series Wikipedia page edited to troll Astros over sign-stealing allegations The Wikipedia page for the 2017 World Series briefly featured an edit that calls humorous attention to the sign-stealing allegations against the then-champion Houston Astros.While the Houston Astros are still listed as World Series champions, the World Series MVP is now listed as the “Centerfield cameraman (Houston).

According to Passan, MLB has investigated cheating allegations against the Astros before. The Los Angeles Dodgers, according to Passan, also suspected the Astros of stealing signs in last year’s World Series that Houston ultimately won.

Major League Baseball has seemingly bought the Astros ’ excuse that they weren’t cheating or spying on Sign up for the newsletter Say Hey, Baseball . Everything worth knowing in baseball , every Now, the Astros are not the only team that cheats , as I wrote yesterday. This is a league-wide issue

And even if the Astros receive the biggest punishment in baseball history, is it really going to stop teams from trying to cheat. There’s a reason why players privately believe that PED use is on a rise, and the baseballs aren’t the only thing being juiced.

“Why are the pitch stealing allegations a surprise to anyone?’’ free agent infielder Trevor Plouffe tweeted. “Do you know the stakes involved? That’s why guys still get popped for PEDs. The reward outweighs the risk for many. That goes for organizations and players.’’

The best way to put a stop to it, once and for all, several GMs told USA TODAY Sports, is to simply eliminate signs, by using more technology.

If the NFL can send in plays to their quarterbacks using helmets with speakers, why can’t baseball have catching masks with audio, or ear pieces for  pitchers?

At the very least, one NL GM said, why not follow NFL rules and prohibit teams from having their own cameras throughout stadiums? The NFL permits only their own camera feeds.

“It would be a start for sure,’’ the GM said. “Right now, everywhere you go, there’s a center-field camera feed pointed directly at the catcher. There’s really no reason for that but to steal signs.

“So if MLB takes over, every team would be prohibited from having any of their own cameras.

“Come on, we’ve got to do something, or no one is going to trust anyone anymore.’’

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: 'This tarnishes everything': Astros cheating allegations have baseball world demanding punishment

Report: MLB asking Astros players about different sign-stealing methods .
Major League Baseball's investigation into allegations that the Houston Astros stole signs electronically over the past three seasons has led to another twist. The league is asking players in the organization about a variety of sign-stealing techniques, including buzzing Band-Aid-like wearable stickers, furtive earpieces, and pitch-picking algorithms, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN. The wide-ranging accusations about the Astros' methods areThe league is asking players in the organization about a variety of sign-stealing techniques, including buzzing Band-Aid-like wearable stickers, furtive earpieces, and pitch-picking algorithms, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN.

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