Retired Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz said that Astros pitcher Mike Fiers was “looking like a snitch” for disclosing the team’s cheating scandal only after he had left the team. “Oh, after you make your money, after you get your ring, you decide to talk about it?” Ortiz said after arriving at the Red Sox spring training complex on Thursday. “So you’re looking like a snitch,” said Ortiz, who works for the Red Sox under the title special assistant.
Posted: February 20, 2020, 10:42 pm
As the Houston Astros put together their rotation for this season, they’re faced with a Texas-sized hole after Gerrit Cole left as a free agent to sign with the New York Yankees. New manager Dusty Baker is looking for somebody to step up and help make up for the loss. “It’s not easy to replace his quality of work, or his innings pitched,” Baker said.
Posted: February 20, 2020, 10:04 pm
The Astros’ sign-stealing story broke in November, a steady drumbeat of coverage of it lasted through December and into January, when Rob Manfred’s report came out about it. The report was damning and, in its wake, Houston’s manager and general manger were both suspended and then fired. After that a steady stream of media reports came out which not only made the whole affair seem even worse than Manfred’s report suggested, but which also suggested that, on some level, Major League Baseball had bungled it all and it was even worse than it had first seemed.
Posted: February 20, 2020, 8:57 pm
It’s about Manchester City trying to somehow wriggle out of the enormous sentence it was handed, a penalty so severe that it represents a bigger threat to its dominance than even Liverpool. It’s about “financial doping”, as former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger once put it so aptly. Much like the asterisk now placed behind the Houston Astros’ 2017 World Series title in the wake of their sign-stealing scandal, City is surely nervous that suspicions will linger over its four Premier League titles, four League Cups and two FA Cups, all amassed under its Emirati ownership.
Posted: February 20, 2020, 8:32 pm
“This is where the situation’s fluid,” Scherzer told NBC Sports Washington. “That, as players, this is how we see it: there’s a benefit to us in the game to be able to watch our at-bats, watch our pitches, where the pitch locations are and see what just happened, make adjustments on the fly. And, if we’re able to do that, it makes the game better.
Posted: February 20, 2020, 7:27 pm
In the ever-turning Houston Astros cheating saga, attention has now shifted back to Mike Fiers, the former Astros pitcher who blew the whistle on the entire cheating scheme. Without Fiers speaking up about what he saw the Astros do in 2017, there’s a good chance the Astros never would have been disciplined by MLB and none of the daily drama we now find ourselves immersed in would be happening. In Fiers’ case, he’s told the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser that he’s received death threats since becoming one of the central figures in what’s become one of the biggest scandals in baseball history.
Posted: February 20, 2020, 7:26 pm
Newly signed Boston Red Sox catcher Jonathan Lucroy had the unfortunate experience of seeing the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing operation firsthand over the last three years. Major League Baseball handed down unprecedented punishments to the Astros in January after completing an investigation on Houston’s in-depth system created to illegally steal signs from opponents. LIVE stream the Celtics all season and get the latest news and analysis on all of your teams from NBC Sports Boston by downloading the My Teams App.
Posted: February 20, 2020, 7:12 pm
But if you’re wondering if the A’s might have a similar system to the one the Astros used, former Athletic Brett Anderson is here to pop your bubble. “I know the A’s weren’t cheating,” Anderson told The Athletic. Because, one, I don’t know if they could afford it.
Posted: February 20, 2020, 7:00 pm
Major League Baseball has come under fire for not doing more to punish the Astros. Some people — mostly commenters and people on social media — have said that the Astros should be banned (or something like it). Just 60 miles east of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, one Little League director is sending a clear message to his 4,000 players about the Houston Astros and their sign stealing .
Posted: February 20, 2020, 4:31 pm
This was the whole team, and coaches, for two full seasons. Using a center-field camera, a video monitor near the dugout, and a system of trash-can bangs from a teammate in the dugout, the Houston Asterisks knew what pitch was coming for two years. According to opponents, the Asterisks taped tiny buzzers to hitters’ chests, set off little blinking lights, and even whistled.
Posted: February 20, 2020, 1:55 pm
Miami Marlins first baseman Jesus Aguilar and Houston Astros infielder Aledmys Diaz were among three players to win their arbitration cases Wednesday. Los Angeles Angels outfielder Brian Goodwin was also victorious, bringing the number of players to succeed in having their salary demands for 2020 met to four. The teams have won six arbitration cases thus far.
Posted: February 20, 2020, 4:12 am
The Boston Red Sox are still anxiously awaiting the results of an MLB investigation into sign-stealing in 2018, part of a scandal that has marred the team and all of baseball the past two months. The scandal has led to the departure of Red Sox manager Alex Cora, and the Houston Astros have been hit with some harsh penalties for a sign-stealing scandal of their own. Cora was a part of Hinch’s staff in 2017 as bench coach when the scheme to use real-time video to steal opponents’ signals began.
Posted: February 20, 2020, 3:55 am
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred spoke to the media Tuesday and addressed some additional questions surrounding the Astros’ cheating scandal. The A’s pitcher was at the base of bringing the Astros’ sign-stealing to surface by going on the record in a November interview with The Athletic. After exposing Houston, Fiers received scrutiny, mainly from Astros fans.
Posted: February 20, 2020, 1:22 am
Oakland Athletics right-hander Mike Fiers said he isn’t interested in receiving extra security protection through the 2020 season during an interview with The Athletic on Wednesday. Fiers divulged details about how the Houston Astros used a sign-stealing system during the 2017 season last November, leading to sanctions against his former club and drawing criticism in some corners for violating the “unwritten rules” of baseball. “I’m not asking for extra security,” Fiers told The Athletic.
Posted: February 20, 2020, 1:06 am
The calls for Astros players to get suspended have gotten louder and louder as players have descended upon Florida and Arizona for spring training this past week. From Cody Bellinger to Mike Trout to Trevor Bauer to Nick Markakis and everywhere in between, players have made clear how angry they are about Houston’s cheating scandal. It’s going to take a long time for Astros players to gain back the respect of their peers.
Posted: February 19, 2020, 11:48 pm
Just 60 miles east of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, one Little League director is sending a clear message to his 4,000 players about the Houston Astros and their sign-stealing scam. “Right now, in our leagues, the Astros are suspended,” said Bob Bertoni, head of District 16/31 Little League. Bertoni is recommending that no teams in the 23 leagues he oversees utilize the Astros name this season after it was discovered Houston took a live camera feed to steal signs en route to a 2017 World Series title.
Posted: February 19, 2020, 10:06 pm
The Boston Red Sox made an unexpected managerial switch this offseason in the wake of allegations of sign-stealing against Alex Cora during his time with Houston Astros and Red Sox. While moving on from Cora, who helped the team win a World Series in his first year, 2018, wasn’t ideal, the Red Sox had a viable, experienced managerial candidate available to take over for him. Roenicke is a long-time MLB veteran who worked with Mike Scioscia as part of the Los Angeles Angels and later would go onto manage the Milwaukee Brewers.
Posted: February 19, 2020, 9:54 pm
As Justin Verlander approaches his 37th birthday, Houston’s ace evolves to maintain the skills that allowed him to win his second Cy Young Award last season, eight years after he won the first one. Verlander, who will turn 37 on Thursday, talked about aging this week as he prepares for his 16th MLB season. Verlander was able to do that last season when he led the majors with 21 wins and his 2.58 ERA ranked second in the American League.
Posted: February 19, 2020, 8:34 pm
New York Yankees star Giancarlo Stanton imagined having the advantage the Houston Astros gained in their scam. Stanton agreed with teammate Aaron Judge that the Astros should be stripped of their 2017 World Series title and that they kept on cheating during the 2019 season. Major League Baseball concluded the Astros used a video camera to steal catchers’ signs in 2017, including during the postseason, and in 2018.
Posted: February 19, 2020, 7:44 pm
The World Series rematch between the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros, who’ve been embroiled in the fallout from a sign-stealing scandal, that will open the teams’ exhibition schedule Saturday just got a little more interesting: Max Scherzer will be on the mound. After his initial batting practice of spring training Wednesday, Scherzer said he’s ”right on target” and ”threw just enough pitches — just right — to be able to get back out here in a couple days when the games start up. When Washington manager Dave Martinez was told that his three-time Cy Young Award winner made clear to reporters he would be starting against Houston, the skipper joked: ”Of course.
Posted: February 19, 2020, 7:26 pm
The Houston Astros’ cheating scandal may be hanging over Major League Baseball like a dark cloud but the sign-stealing scheme could actually boost interest in the game rather than turn fans away, experts said on Wednesday. With the 2020 regular season just around the corner, the sense of optimism that usually surrounds Spring Training has been missing as disgruntled players add their voices to the daily chorus of Astros condemnation. Houston, who begin their regular season at home on March 26, may be the team baseball fans love to hate this year and that could mean higher TV ratings and ticket sales as supporters of other clubs seek a way to voice their displeasure with the Astros when they come to town.
Posted: February 19, 2020, 6:26 pm
Pioneering sportscaster Lesley Visser will make history in the spring when she becomes the first woman to receive the Sports Lifetime Achievement Award from the Sports Emmy Awards. The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences said today that she will be honored at the 41st annual ceremony on April 28 at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in Manhattan. “To be a pioneer at nearly every juncture of sports reporting isn’t easy despite how Lesley Visser makes it look,” said Justine Gubar, Executive Director of the Sports Emmy Awards.
Posted: February 19, 2020, 5:00 pm
The Houston Astros just want to focus on baseball. Normally, that would be a common request from teams at this point in the year, but the Astros don’t have that luxury. After an offseason where the main storyline was the Astros’ cheating scandal, opposing players have teed off on them as camps have opened.
Posted: February 19, 2020, 3:31 pm
For the first time ever, Major League Baseball is relevant in February. That’s thanks to the Houston Astros, who are embroiled in a cheating scandal they—alongside MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred—have sloppily, reflexively defended to such a degree that every day, more and more people are getting viscerally angry about it. Not just the sports pundits, either: When LeBron James is weighing in on baseball, you know you screwed up.
Posted: February 19, 2020, 1:00 pm