Astros Suspected of Cheating In ALCS, ALDS

Why two best teams in baseball aren’t putting up classic series

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The Red Sox were caught stealing signs last season using a Fitbit product to communicate between a member of the organization in video replay room to the athletic trainer in the dugout. Sports Boston confirmed the report, and suggested this was not an isolated incident. A thorough investigation concluded that an Astros employee was monitoring the field to ensure that the opposing Club was not violating any rules. The Red Sox say Sale is still weak from the stomach illness that landed him at Massachusetts General Hospital earlier in the week. Thus, the investigation is over and the case is closed.

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". In his report, Passan also identified the man removed from Game 1 as Kyle McLaughlin. Red Sox manager (and former Astros bench coach) Alex Cora agreed. Clevinger allowed one run and three hits in five innings, but took the loss as the Indians were pounded 11-3. It was believed he was there to steal signs from the Boston dugout. The man was not allowed back into the credentialed area, but was allowed to remain in the ballpark.

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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. "If we feel there's something going on, we change the signs". Catchers have always communicated with pitchers using hand signals, and anyone steal those signs could alert the hitter as to what kind of pitch to expect. Players, too, recognize the need for increased caution.

All of the suspicion surrounding the American League Championship Series has added to the length of each game, as both teams' catchers have routinely walked to the mound to confer with their pitchers, usually while covering their mouths with their gloves. It's making it tougher. The game sequences, the signals that you come up with are insane. As Drellich examines, the lack of clear rules in place and the unnecessarily hushed manner in which the league handles such scenarios only incentivizes teams to continue rule-bending/breaking and to make accusations in the first place.

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