Astros Cheating Scandal

Adam George, Cheif Editor

As of January 7th, 2019, ESPN released an article that revealed that the 2018 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox have also been found guilty of sign-stealing amid the already ongoing Astros investigation.

Back in November of 2019, the Houston Astros were accused of using technology during the 2017 Major League Baseball (MLB) season to steal signs from the catcher of the opposing team. Former Astros’ pitcher Mike Fiers reported the teams’ electronic sign stealing to The Athletic magazine.

Before Fiers had reported this, the Yankees had become suspicious of the alleged sign stealers themselves during the 2019 American League Championship (ALCS). According to The New York Post, the Yankees were upset during the series because they reportedly were hearing “whistling” coming out of the Astros dugout, giving the implication that they had knowledge or information that would impact the outcome of the game.

In light of the accusations, Astros’ manager AJ Hinch labeled them as “ridiculous” during a press conference after game 3 of the ALCS, and referred to the sign-stealing suspicions as “a joke.” But that’s not all, convinced of his innocence, Hinch also had this to say about the Yankees’ accusations against his team. 

And had I known that it would take something like that to set off the Yankees or any other team, we would have practiced it in spring training. It apparently works, even when it doesn’t happen.”

On December 14th of 2019, Houston Astros personnel admitted to the electronic sign-stealing. They claimed that the camera in center field at Minute Maid Park (Astros’ Stadium) that was used to relay signs to the dugout was not new and had been approved by the MLB, which was their form of justification. 

On January 13th, 2020, American Sportswriter Ken Rosenthal tweeted that the MLB had finally taken action against the Astros, penalizing them by suspending general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch for one year, revoking 2020 and 2021 first and second-round draft picks, and a fine of 5 million.