Talk about a bombshell.
Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich of The Athletic have released a story detailing the Houston Astros’ use of cameras to steal signs during the 2017 season.
The player who contributed to the report with accurate information, Mike Fiers, was a pitcher for the Houston Astros during the 2-17 season.
Now the whole stealing signs thing while on the bases or even a coach catching on to the signs while in the dugout isn’t bad. In fact, it’s a part of the game that qualifies as an act of gamesmanship.
But once you walk into the territory of using electronic technology to steal signs, then you enter into some pretty serious trouble.
For the Astros, this isn’t the first time they’ve been in trouble with Major League Baseball. On October 19th, the assistant GM of the team got in some very hot water for taunting female reporters with the trade of closer Roberto Osuna.
Osuna, who was suspended 75 games for assaulting the mother of his 3 year old child, was traded to the Astros during the 2018 season and has remained there since.
Who knows what type of punishment Major League Baseball will smack the Astros with, but whatever it is, it needs to fit the crime the Astros committed.
Flip the page to see video evidence of the Astros sign stealing using cameras.
PLUS Twitter’s reaction to the news.
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