Blue Jays bench coach Hudgens part of MLB’s Astros sign-stealing probe

Ross Houston
November 16, 2019

The MLB had released a statement over the Astros sign stealing accusations stating: "Beginning in the 2017 season, numerous clubs expressed general concerns that other clubs were stealing signs".

In Drellich and Rosenthal's piece, they note that a source said it was likely too loud to use the garbage can system during the World Series, and that they weren't able to enact this system for away games.

In a bombshell report from The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, it was found that the Astros were using cameras in the center field of Minute Maid Park, their home stadium, to steal pitching signs from opposing catchers in the 2017 regular season - and potentially beyond.

This isn't the first time that the Astros have been suspected of stealing signs.

Fiers described a scenario in which the Astros received the feed near the dugout, decoded the sign flashed by the catcher and, if the sign was for an off-speed pitch, hit a trash can to signal to the hitter that it wasn't a fastball.

But in this case, the Astros were looking at the exam of the team sitting next to them, and that team had no way to cover up their paper so the Astros couldn't see. Led by their diminutive Venezuelan dynamo and featuring smart play on the field and in the front office, they emerged from a morass of bad seasons that got them mocked as the 'Lastros and ascended to the top of the big league galaxy as World Series champions.

On Tuesday, Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow refused to discuss any specifics.

If MLB is serious about this, then it needs to go all-in on a punishment if there's convincing evidence that it's happened.

MLB's department of investigations has begun gathering a wide-ranging list of potential interviewees and is expected to talk with players as well as managers, coaches and other team personnel, sources said. Next spring, the 34-year-old will be guiding the high-priced arms of the New York Yankees.

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However, it was recently discovered that the Houston Astros took advantage-gaining way too far.

But whataboutism shouldn't play anymore, for the Astros or any other team implicated from this point forward.

Houston's handling of the situation was against the rules for media laid out in MLB's collective bargaining agreement and was roundly criticized, but the team never received any discipline that was made public.

All their unsavory headlines this season came after they were also forced to defend themselves against allegations of cheating during the playoffs in 2018.

Major League Baseball found no malpractice in any of these cases.

Plouffe is the latest player to speak out regarding the sign-stealing controversy.

Major League Baseball is investigating the allegations, with no timetable given for a conclusion.

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