'I'm aware of something going on, but I haven't been briefed, ' Astros manager A.J. Hinch said after his team lost 8-2 in Houston in Game 3 on Tuesday.
If anything, the series of reports serves as a reminder and/or an eye-opener that most, if not all teams throughout the league are willing to push the boundaries and utilize technology in an effort to gain a competitive edge.
A man wearing a Houston Astros media credential was removed from the camera bay of American League Division Series Game 3 against the Cleveland Indians, Andy Baskin of 92.3 the Fan reported Tuesday. The incident is expected to lead to a fine for the Astros. And we don't get caught up in the whole paranoia thing of the signs.
After the man was removed another Astros staffer intervened - according to sources who were on the scene - and tried to convince security that he was authorized to be in the area next to the dugout.
The Indians entered the series concerned the Astros, who have been suspected of cheating in the past, had stolen some signs or had other useful information about them, one person said.
If it can be proven the Astros were using a covertly placed "employee" and technology in an over-the-top way to steal signs, and all signs are pointing to that, they should and will be punished somehow.
When presented with the details of the incident and the warning given to security heading into Game 1, a Red Sox spokesman said on Tuesday, "It is an Major League Baseball matter, so no one from the Red Sox would be commenting". We were a little bit, I don't know, kind of had our backs against the wall before this started when it came to the analytical side. Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer tweeted during the regular season that Houston's pitchers may have been using banned substances to improve the spin on their pitches.
In 2017, an Major League Baseball investigation concluded that the Red Sox orchestrated a scheme to illicitly steal opponents' catchers hand signals during games with the help of an Apple Watch. "We consider the matter closed".
After both teams left the field between innings, the Red Sox challenged the play. A thorough investigation concluded that an Astros employee was monitoring the field to ensure that the opposing Club was not violating any rules.