Baseball commissioner says he has broad authority for Astros discipline

General view of the exterior of Minute Maid Park

Houston is alleged to have used a camera, installed in center field, to capture pitch signs.

First base coach Don Kelly #15 and manager AJ Hinch #14 of the Houston Astros look on against the Washington Nationals during the seventh inning in Game Six of the 2019 World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 29, 2019 in Houston, Texas.

Crane's appearance at the owners' meetings was his first near media since last week's report, which led to Major League Baseball expanding its investigation of the team. "People want the game played consistent with our rules, and feel it's important that we figure out exactly what happened here and take steps to make sure that it doesn't happen in the future by imposing appropriate discipline".

"In recent days I have had scouts and executives talk to me about a variety of methods they think have been or could be employed, such as a realistic-looking electronic bandage placed on a player's body that buzzes in real time to signal what is coming - one buzz for a fastball, for example - if the surveillance determines what type of pitching is coming".

An undisclosed fine was handed out to the Boston Red Sox after they were caught using an Apple Watch to steal signs in 2017.

Manfred declined to speculate as to the potential punitive measures that would be levied against the Astros organization, instead stating that any discipline will be dependent on "how the facts are established at the end of the investigation".

For now, Manfred said the Astros were the only team being investigated for cheating allegations. The general warning I issued to the clubs, I stand by. Manfred says his "authority under the major league constitution would be broader than those things, as well".

Two sheriff's deputies working security in the lobby then stepped in and escorted the Astros owner toward a flight of stairs that led upstairs to where the meetings were taking place.

He said he hopes the investigation would be done by the start of the 2020 season and called the potential rule violation "the most serious matter - it relates to the integrity of the sport", per the Associated Press. In terms of where we are, we have a very active - what is going to be a really, really thorough investigation ongoing.



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