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Sport Did Astros sign stealing cost Yankees trip to World Series? New York legislator wants an investigation

04:20  22 february  2020
04:20  22 february  2020 Source:   lohud.com

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One New York State senator wants the Legislature to formally request Major League Baseball investigate whether a high-tech cheating scheme cost the New York Yankees trips to the World Series in 2017 and 2019.

Sen. James Skoufis isn’t exactly a bleacher creature for the Bronx Bombers – the Cornwall Democrat calls himself a lifelong Mets fan – but he says MLB’s investigation into sign stealing by the Houston Astros fell short.

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“The Astros might have been able to pull a fast one on the MLB, but here in New York, we take pride in the integrity of our sports,” Skoufis said in a statement. “The Commissioner has a clear and unequivocal responsibility to investigate further.”

Skoufis heads the Senate’s Committee on Investigations and Government Operations, which usually looks into government waste and fraud. He said an investigation would “restore virtue to our nation’s pastime.

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He's penned a formal resolution, which will be sent to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred if it gets through the state Legislature.

“It’s not only a matter of right vs. wrong, but it’s a matter of consumer protection: people all over the country spend money each year going to baseball games, watching them with their families and purchasing memorabilia,” he said.

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The Astros won the World Series that year, knocking out the Boston Red Sox, the Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers while winning eight of their nine postseason home games on the way to their title. Fiers led the team in innings pitched that season, but the Astros left him off the roster in October.

A report by MLB released last month outlined how the Astros used a camera to steal opponents’ signs and then signaled their own batters so they knew what pitch was about to be thrown. The scandal resulted in sanctions against the team and the firing of the Astros’ general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch.

The Yankees lost to the Astros in the American League Championship Series in 2017 and 2019, each time falling one game short of booking a trip to the World Series. The Astros won the World Series in 2017 but lost to the Washington Nationals in 2019.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has told reporters he doesn’t plan to strip championship titles from the Astros or 2018 champions the Boston Red Sox, who are also reportedly being investigated. Boston’s former manager Alex Cora was implicated in MLB’s report on the Astros and lost his job with the Red Sox as a result.

If New York State does pass the formal resolution calling for an investigation passes it won’t be the first request by a local government in the wake of the scandal.

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Astros , MLB to investigate alleged sign - stealing . The Astros released a statement on Tuesday afternoon saying they were beginning an investigation , in cooperation with "The reason we won the World Series in 2017 is Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman, Justin Verlander, and a lot of great We want to follow the rules and we want to compete and win and that's what every other club does as well."

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The Los Angeles Times reported that the LA City Council voted to award the 2017 and 2018 titles to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers lost to the Astros in 2017 and Red Sox in 2018.

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This article originally appeared on The Journal News: Did Astros sign stealing cost the Yankees a trip to the World Series? New York legislator wants an investigation

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