Commissioner Rob Manfred’s one-season suspensions of Hinch and Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow signaled the harsh repercussions. It’s a serious problem for baseball, the merging of technology and an ancient game. It seems to me that cheating – and this was clearly cheating – had to be stepped on very firmly,” former Commissioner Fay Vincent said.
Posted: January 17, 2020, 5:49 pm
But now it’s obviously tainted, in a way that morphed on Thursday from the finding of decidedly low-tech communication of stolen signs (banging on trash cans to alert the batter as to the type of pitch) to a marginally higher-tech wearing of an electrical wire that buzzed the players regarding the location of the pitch. That’s the equivalent, in football, of actively intercepting the play calls from the coach to the quarterback and having a mechanism for instantly providing the information to the defense. Or vice-versa, swiping the play call made to the green-dot-wearing defender and feeding it immediately to the offense.
Posted: January 17, 2020, 3:07 pm
Shortly thereafter, the Mets and new manager Carlos Beltrán parted ways before the skipper appeared in his first game in his new role due to his role in the Astros’ scheme. Then the conspiracy theories began to come out. In the early afternoon, a Twitter account believed to be that of Beltrán’s niece accused Astros third baseman Alex Bregman and second baseman José Altuve of wearing an electronic device on their right shoulders that buzzed to indicate an off-speed pitch.
Posted: January 17, 2020, 3:00 pm
George Springer, the World Series MVP of the tainted 2017 Houston Astros, and the team settled on a $21 million, one-year contract Thursday. Springer had asked for $22.5 million in salary arbitration last week and the Astros offered $17.5 million, making the settlement $1 million over the midpoint. He made $12.15 million last year.
Posted: January 17, 2020, 4:10 am
With Alex Cora at the center of MLB’s rapidly-developing sign-stealing scandal, the Boston Red Sox opted to part ways with their manager on Tuesday. It wasn’t an easy decision for Red Sox ownership to make. In fact, John Henry and Co. weren’t going to cut bait with Cora until a nightmare scenario was brought to their attention.
Posted: January 17, 2020, 12:32 am
In the wake of their infamous sign-stealing scandal, the Astros could look to the North Side to fill their suddenly vacant managerial seat. According to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times, the Cubs have granted the Astros permission to interview Will Venable for manager. MLB conducted a thorough investigation into a report from The Athletic stating the Astros electronically stole signs during their 2017 championship season.
Posted: January 17, 2020, 12:09 am
MLB’s cheating scandal went into overdrive on Thursday as baseball Twitter blew up with a conspiracy theory that Houston Astros players wore electronic devices to tip them off to incoming pitches. Second baseman Jose Altuve — the MVP of the 2017 season and World Series — is in the crosshairs of the claims, which he vehemently denied through his agent Scott Boras. “Jose Altuve called me and said he wants it known that he has never, ever worn an electronic device in a major league game — ever,” Boras told Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci.
Posted: January 16, 2020, 11:27 pm
On scandal and subsequent punishment “It is disappointing,” Ross said. “You gotta applaud Major League Baseball for doing their due diligence and upholding the integrity of the game – super important for our fans, for our players, for our coaches. I’m glad they did their homework and made some of the decisions they made.”
Posted: January 16, 2020, 9:43 pm
Mendoza, a former gold medalist softball player, blamed A’s pitcher Mike Fiers for the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal becoming public information and the way it has “hurt the game.” “Going public, yeah,” Mendoza said Thursday morning on ESPN’s “Golic and Wingo” when asked if she had a problem with Fiers speaking out on the Astros cheating while with a new team. “I mean, I get it.
Posted: January 16, 2020, 4:37 pm
Two: The Mets are tangentially caught up in the hoopla surrounding Major League Baseball’s investigation into the 2017 Astros as new manager Carlos Beltrán was a player on that Astros squad and the only player mentioned by name in the league’s report on its investigation. While Beltrán avoided punishment from the league, the Mets are under mounting pressure to oust their skipper like the Astros and Red Sox did. These two items met each other in the middle on Thursday as Mendoza appeared on ESPN Radio’s Golic and Wingo to discuss the sign-stealing controversy.
Posted: January 16, 2020, 4:03 pm
The Boston Red Sox need to find a new manager, and it sounds like they haven’t gotten over their old one. Heaping praise on Alex Cora a day after showing him the door, Red Sox owner John Henry said on Wednesday the team was going to miss ”just about everything” about the man who led Boston to the 2018 World Series title only to be torpedoed in a cheating scandal. ”It was a sad day because we all have such respect for Alex,” said chairman Tom Werner, who was one of several Red Sox officials keeping in touch with the deposed manager since his departure.
Posted: January 16, 2020, 5:23 am
Per Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, the L.A. City Council will vote within the next week on a resolution urging Major League Baseball to award the Dodgers the 2017 and ’18 World Series which were won by the Astros and Red Sox over the Dodgers, respectively. Major League Baseball recently released a report based on its investigation into a technologically-aided sign-stealing scheme by the Astros in 2017. As a result, it suspended GM Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch for one year, fined the team $5 million, and took away its first- and second-round draft picks for the next two seasons.
Posted: January 16, 2020, 3:20 am
The Astros’ search for a manager to replace A.J. Hinch will stretch beyond just bench coach Joe Espada, with owner Jim Crane opening up a national search that will include experienced names like Bruce Bochy, Dusty Baker and Buck Showalter. Espada, Bochy, Baker and Showalter are among the candidates Crane is considering, a source told MLB.com on Wednesday. Other names on the team’s early list are former Rangers manager Jeff Banister, Cubs third-base coach Will Venable and Dodgers special assistant Raúl Ibañez.
Posted: January 16, 2020, 1:44 am
Schilling took to Twitter to share his take on the 2017 Houston Astros and 2018 Boston Red Sox’ involvements in the scandal: 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. The “system” Schilling is referring to is a live camera in center field that relayed the catchers’ signs to the replay room, where the Astros would bang on a trash can to alert the hitter a certain pitch was coming. While the ’18 Red Sox didn’t use the live camera method, they allegedly used similar tactics to steal signs.
Posted: January 16, 2020, 12:30 am
Jesus Luzardo and A.J. Puk are two of the best young lefties in the game. MLB Pipeline agrees. Both Luzardo and Puk were highlighted Wednesday when MLB Pipeline released its list of the 10 best left-handed pitching prospects in the game.
Posted: January 15, 2020, 10:57 pm