Astros possibly caught cheating in ALCS Game 1

Stealing signs is nothing new in baseball. The concerns expressed related to a number of Clubs, not any one specific Club. It's unknown how deep into the game Morton might work against the Red Sox.

While it's yet to be proven if the Astros were doing anything illegal, the two incidents have raised further questions about the use of electronic equipment during games and whether Houston has been cheating. All Clubs remaining in the playoffs have been notified to refrain from these types of efforts and to direct complaints about any in-stadium rules violations to Major League Baseball staff for investigation and resolution. The MLB has since closed its investigation into the matter, per Forbes. A separate report identified the man as Kyle McLaughlin and says he aimed a cell phone into the Indians' dugout during their Game 3 loss to the Astros in the AL Division Series.

Following the game, center fielder Jason Kipnis was critical of his team's performance and said he felt the Indians were overmatched.

The report from Metro brought back memories of a report from ESPN's Buster Olney, who said the Red Sox think the Astros are great a stealing signs and adjusted their chain of communication accordingly.

Passan writes that the league has not punished the Astros for any illegal behavior following the investigation.

He stood out because he was wearing a suit jacket in a restricted area reserved for photographers, a member of the team's social media department and where TV reporters are permitted to stand, one of the sources said.

After being dispatched by the Astros in the first round of the playoffs, the Cleveland Indians apparently warned the Boston Red Sox that Houston might attempt to steal signs or information from their dugout. The Astros didn't deny any details presented by Metro.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora, who served as bench coach for the Astros last season, also addressed the topic. "The series of complaints against the Astros, Sherman notes, could stem in part from a reputation in the industry that portrays them as a "[New England] Patriots-like" organization - that is, one that "pushes to the limits of the rules - and perhaps beyond".

However, new technology may have given teams an unfair advantage as the use of high-definition, high-speed cameras allows teams to peer where they couldn't before. And we don't get caught up in the whole paranoia thing [with] the signs. After being asked about the man claiming to be an Astros' employee and the warning given to the Red Sox, an Indians spokesman said via email on Tuesday, "We are not going to comment on this situation".

For nearly two weeks before the ALDS, the Indians worked diligently to protect their signs because of Houston's alleged sneakiness with this employee. Players, too, recognize the need for increased caution.

Watch above as Big Papi basically channels every Red Sox fan with his exuberance. The game sequences, the signals that you come up with are insane. Sports Boston confirmed the report, and suggested this was not an isolated incident.

  • Stacy Allen