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Sport An Astros fan is suing the team over the sign-stealing scandal

00:48  19 february  2020
00:48  19 february  2020 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

Hal Steinbrenner wants to ‘move on’ from Astros sign-stealing scandal

  Hal Steinbrenner wants to ‘move on’ from Astros sign-stealing scandal Don’t expect Steinbrenner’s stance to be adopted by everyone associated with the 2017 Yankees team that lost to Houston in the ALCS. The Astros are known to have used their electronic sign stealing operation during the playoffs, and they won all four home games in that series. Steinbrenner knows his team has an excellent chance to win a championship in 2020 and can focus on that going forward. Not every member of the 2017 Yankees has that luxury.

The Houston Astros sign stealing scandal resulted from revelations that members of the Houston Astros organization in Major League Baseball (MLB)

I’m an Astros fan . They cheated during the 2017 regular season — the evidence is clear. These are the results of my efforts. I’ve logged over 8,200 pitches and found banging before over 1,100 of those pitches.

The latest person to turn on the Houston Astros might be the most surprising. One Astros season-ticket holder is suing the team for putting a “deficient product on the field” during the sign-stealing scandal, according to the Los Angeles Times.

a sign on the side of a road: The Astros increased ticket prices after winning a championship during their sign-stealing season, and one fan isn't happy. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)© Provided by Yahoo! Sports The Astros increased ticket prices after winning a championship during their sign-stealing season, and one fan isn't happy. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

The lawsuit — filed by season-ticket holder Adam Wallach — claims that the Astros “deceptively overcharged” fans while the team was engaging in the sign-stealing scandal.

Bob Melvin says A’s complained about Astros before Mike Fiers’ allegations

  Bob Melvin says A’s complained about Astros before Mike Fiers’ allegations MESA, Ariz. — During the A’s FanFest at the end of last month, several A’s players and officials alluded to the fact that various teams had complained to Major League Baseball about the Astros stealing signs via technology but that no steps were taken after the complaint. On Tuesday, asked by The Chronicle if the A’s had complained to the league, Oakland manager Bob Melvin said that they had. “Yeah,” he said. “But I don’t know what else they could have done at that point.”It took Oakland pitcher Mike Fiers’ public allegations, Melvin said, to spur the league to launch the investigation that led to sanctions and suspensions levied against the Astros.

Numerous teams have been implicated in sign - stealing plots over the decades, including the Philadelphia Phillies in 1898, the Cleveland Indians in 1948 and The league said Monday that it was still investigating allegations that the Red Sox engaged in electronic sign stealing during the 2018

While Astros fans seem unlikely to sue over an alleged scheme that would have advantaged their preferred team , not every one of the 2.39 million people in attendance at Minute Maid The same logic explains why New Orleans Saints fans who have sued over the terrible “no-call” during January NFC

The lawsuit alleges the Astros cheated not only the sport but in particular their fans by “deceptively overcharging them for season tickets while ... knowingly and surreptitiously engaged in a sign stealing scheme in violation of Major League Baseball rules.” In so doing, the suit alleges, the Astros “secretly put a deficient product on the field.”

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Houston, asks that the team be ordered to compensate all Astros season-ticket holders for what the suit calls “inappropriate increases” in ticket prices from 2017-20. The suit also asks that the team be forbidden from raising season-ticket prices for at least two years.

Wallach’s lawsuit may not be the last filed against the Astros. The Houston Chronicle found evidence that a separate law firm is seeking fans who should demand compensation from the team. The Astros have already been sued by former Major League Baseball pitcher Mike Bolsinger, who claims the team’s sign-stealing scandal is the reason he’s no longer in the league.

Report: MLB discussing rules to combat electronic sign-stealing

  Report: MLB discussing rules to combat electronic sign-stealing We had to see this coming, no? Major League Baseball has finally remained a topic of discussion for the duration of its offseason, but, of course, it's been for all of the wrong reasons. The Houston Astros' sign-stealing operation hasn't gone a day without making waves, and the team's supposed "apology" this week only added more fuel to the fire.

The Astros ’ sign - stealing scandal reached its current crescendo partly because the players The sign - stealing revelations reinforced the perception that the organization was ethically compromised The Astros ’ collective embrace of sign stealing makes them hateable heels, focusing fans ’ rage in a

Astros manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were fired Monday after the pair were suspended by Major League Baseball for the team 's use of electronics for sign - stealing during the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

Whether any of those lawsuits actually result in settlements remains to be seen. It is, however, worth noting that the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal has reached a point where even their hometown fans are angry enough to sue.

Between that and the daily comments from frustrated players on opposing teams, the team’s scandal isn’t going away any time soon. Both the team and its players are going to have to deal with its fallout throughout all of 2020, and possibly beyond.

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Astros offer first legal defense in lawsuit over cheating scandal .
The Astros are also facing other lawsuits very different than this one, and they’ll likely have to adapt their arguments in each case. However, we’ve probably seen the backbone of their argument here already.

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