How Did the Investigation Start

With the start of an investigation started by former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers saying that the Houston Astros allegedly stole signs during the 2017 World Series against the Los Angles Dodgers has turned into a huge deal with other teams and MLB.

Franchise owner Jim Crane talking to press on January 14, 2020 after MLB released the consequences for the Astros. Photo By Rev.com
Franchise owner Jim Crane talking to press on Jan. 14, 2020, after MLB released the consequences for the Astros. Photo By Rev.com

While in the midst of the Astros investigation the Boston Red Sox has also been allegedly been caught stealing signs.

Mike Fiers originally told journalists that the Astros used a video camera in the center field to steal opposing team signs. MLB investigated and confirmed that they did use the camera in the center field.

How Did They Do It

Some reporters have said that they use wearable buzzers and others have said that they banged on a metal trash can to tell the batter what pitch it was going to be. MLB investigated both cases and only found evidence that players were banging on the trash can.

The way the batters could find out the pitch is by watching players in the dugout use a camera in center field to see the catcher and tell the pitcher what pitch to throw. Then players decoded the catchers’ signs and then banged on the metal trash can to tell the batter at the plate what pitch was coming.

Many people think that second baseman Jose Altuve was wearing an electronic buzzer during game six during the American League Champion Series hitting the walk-off homer causing the Astros to win. But he recently told his agent Scott Boras that he didn’t want his jersey removed because he was wearing an electronic device.

The Consequences

Before a press conference with franchise owner Jim Crane, MLB released that General Manager Jeff Luhnow and Game Manager AJ Hinch have been suspended for the 2020-2021 season. But later Crane informed the press that Luhnow and Hinch have been fired from the Astros.

General Manger Jeff Lughnow and Game Manger A.J Hinch Standing next to each other during Batting Practice. In a recent conference they have been fired by the Astros due to the cheating scandal. Photo by Bangkok Post
General Manager Jeff Luhnow (right) and Game Manager A.J Hinch (left) Standing next to each other during Batting Practice. In a recent conference on January 14, they have been fired by the Astros due to the cheating scandal. Photo by Bangkok Post

The Astros have also been fined $5 million dollars the maximum allowed by the MLB constitution. They also lost their first and second draft round picks for the next two years. Former general manager Brandon Taubman has been suspended for the upcoming season.

Carlos Beltran former Astros’ first baseman has also stepped down from the New York Mets game manager spot.