Yesterday, information was released on the damaging details about the Houston Astros management in the 2017 season on The Athletic.
Apparently, an Astros front-office executive sent an email out to the team’s scouts asking them to spy on other teams by stealing their secret signs that would be used in games. In this email the executive urged the scouts to spy on other teams from the stands to prep for their upcoming playoffs, including a recommendation for the use of cameras in the process.
In the email, the executive directly expressed the plan and their intentions to cheat:
“One thing in specific we are looking for is picking up signs coming out of the dugout,” the email, released first by The Athletic, read. “What we are looking for is how much we can see, how we would log things, if we need cameras/binoculars, etc. So go to game, see what you can (or can’t) do and report back your findings.”
The names of the recipients of the email have not been disclosed yet, but some of the scouts were “appalled” by the requests of the executive.
“Nobody wanted to do that, and take a chance of getting caught and ruining their reputation, not only as a scout but then even further damage what the Astros had going,” a person involved told The Athletic.
This is completely heartbreaking for not only the city of Houston, but all of Major League Baseball.
One week ago a report came out that the Astros electronically stole signs in that same season. Not only was the Astros’ manager A.J. Hinch caught, but so was Alex Cora and Carlos Beltran — managers of the Red Sox and Mets.
Despite this incredibly controversial request, nothing yet has been found that Houston’s management used any of the information gathered. But one scout seems to believe that the information was used:
“It just goes to the story, for 2017, we were asked to electronically cheat in the playoffs” the scout disclosed to the Athletic.
Currently, both the Astros and MLB have declined to comment on the story as it seems that this investigation is still ongoing. It is quite apparent that Houston cheated, or at least attempted to cheat, in their 2017 season.
Since cheating takes away the fun and competition of the game, this raises the question:
Would Houston have won the World Series that year if they didn’t cheat?
And how will the MLB confront this dilemma?
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