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MLB Investigating Astros Employee For Videotaping Red Sox's Dugout

MLB Investigating Astros Employee For Videotaping Red Sox's Dugout”

The initial implication was that the employee was attempting to steal signs and relay them to the Astros.

With the Red Sox deep into the postseason and now facing the equally analytically minded Astros, those little edges come at a premium. The employee was removed from the area and relocated to another part of the stadium.

Major League Baseball told Boston Metro, which was first to report on the incident, that the matter was being handled internally.

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.

Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer further reports that the Indians filed a complaint with the league against the Astros following a pair of similar incidents in the ALDS and also reached out to the Red Sox to warn them prior to the start of the ALCS. In response to these calls, the Commissioner's Office reinforced the existing rules with all playoff Clubs and undertook proactive measures, including instituting a new prohibition on the use of certain in-stadium cameras, increasing the presence of operations and security personnel from Major League Baseball at all Postseason games and instituting a program of monitoring Club video rooms.

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. "That didn't have anything to do with [the outcome of] the game".

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".

"I'm always concerned about [sign-stealing] throughout the season", Cora said after the game. "So I mean we do a good job changing sequences. If we feel there's something going on, we switch the signs".

"Somebody mentioned it to me right now", Cora said during postgame interviews.

Sign-stealing has been an accepted part of baseball culture for decades, but technological advances have blurred the line between gamesmanship and cheating. The Red Sox say Sale is still weak from the stomach illness that landed him at Massachusetts General Hospital earlier in the week.



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