Astros probe widens
Major League Baseball has widened its investigation of alleged sign stealing by the Astros and will probe activity by the team over the last three seasons.
After the conclusion of owners meetings Thursday in Arlington, Texas, Commissioner Rob Manfred said MLB will “investigate the Astros situation as thoroughly as humanly possible.” The probe includes the team’s firing of an assistant GM during the World Series for clubhouse comments directed at female reporters, behavior the club at first accused Sports Illustrated of fabricating.
“That investigation is going to encompass not only what we know about ’17, but also ’18 and ’19,” Manfred said. “To the extent we are talking to people all over the industry, former employees, competitors, whatever. (If ) we find other leads, we’re going to follow these leads.”
Manfred has said for now the Astros are the only team being investigated for cheating allegations.
A’s pitcher Mike Fiers told The Athletic last week that while he was playing with the Astros during their 2017 World Series championship season the team stole signs during home games by using a camera positioned in center field. During this year’s playoffs, Astros players were suspected of whistling in the dugout to communicate pitch selection to batters.
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