Major League Baseball reviewed report of Astros possibly cheating

Report: Astros possibly caught cheating in ALCS Game 1

Major League Baseball also says it is aware of a report by Metro Boston that a man claiming to be an Astros employee was removed from a credentialed area near the Boston Red Sox dugout during the AL Championship Series opener at Fenway Park.

The incident took place Saturday night in Boston.

The story reported that security twice removed an Astro employee holding a cell camera from the photographer's pit adjacent to the Indians dugout.

The Cleveland Indians filed a complaint following Game 3 of the AL Division Series after the employee was observed aiming his cellphone into their dugout and taking pictures or video. Picard's initial report even indicates that McLaughlin wasn't removed from the stadium - only the media area in which he'd been set up. The Indians were swept by the Astros in the ALDS. It's arguable that these tactics are of in the spirit of more "traditional" sign-stealing methods that have been employed for decades (e.g. runner on second base looking in on a catcher's signs), though the advent of technology obviously presents new methods of gaining that edge - methods that exist in what is at best an ethical gray area. And we don't get caught up in the whole paranoia thing [with] the signs. It's allowed, as long as teams only use their eyes.

Another Astros staffer reportedly intervened after the employee was removed from the section and tried to convince security the man was authorized to be in the credentialed area despite not having a media credential. The man, who did not have a credential, had a small camera and was texting frequently.

"I'm always concerned about that throughout the season", Cora said after Boston's Game 3 win over Houston. 'I'm anxious about the game'.

Neither the Red Sox or Astros provided further comments regarding the situation. 'They'll do what they have to do.

On Wednesday, MLB released a statement saying the league was alerted to possible sign stealing schemes and other improper use of video equipment prior to the postseason, and thus implemented additional security measures.

According to Yahoo, a pair of Major League Baseball players claimed to have witnessed the Astros banging a trash can in the dugout in recent years, ostensibly to indicate to the hitter what the upcoming pitch would be.

The Red Sox had been warned before their series-opening game, the AP was told. Watch above as Big Papi basically channels every Red Sox fan with his exuberance.



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