Published: Thu, October 18, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Astros possibly caught cheating in ALCS Game 1

Astros possibly caught cheating in ALCS Game 1

The Houston Astros seem to be in trouble with Major League Baseball after a man, claiming to be a team employee, was removed from a media-credentialed area next to the Boston Red Sox dugout in Game 1 of the ALCS, according to Metro.

According to a statement Major League Baseball released Wednesday, the Astros were indeed caught doing something. The man had a small camera and was texting frequently, but did not have a media credential. Sports Boston confirmed the report, and suggested this was not an isolated incident.

According to the Metro report, which cited multiple security sources who were on the scene, the man in question was removed during the third inning of Game 1 on Saturday night at Fenway Park - but allowed to stay in the ballpark after another Astros staffer intervened.

The Indians entered the series concerned the Astros, who have been suspected of cheating in the past, had stolen some signs or had other useful information about them, one person said.

When pressed on whether he had any concerns about signs being stolen, Cora added: "I'm always concerned about that throughout the season". The Astros didn't deny any details presented by Metro. It's still fishy and the league told the Astros not to do that anymore and report it to the proper authorities.

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According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the Astros deployed McLaughlin to monitor whether the Red Sox were cheating on their side of the field. "If we feel there's something going on we switch the signs".

Dombrowski called sign-stealing from the dugout "part of the game", and acknowledged the Red Sox were penalized past year for using electronic devices to aid their pursuits, but he also explained why this situation is different.

'I'm aware of something going on, but I haven't been briefed, ' Astros manager A.J. Hinch said after his team lost 8-2 in Houston in Game 3 on Tuesday. Hoynes notes in his column that Cleveland worked so diligently to protect its signs in the weeks leading up to the ALDS that the efforts "bordered on paranoia". Red Sox manager (and former Astros bench coach) Alex Cora agreed.

"To me, the answer is yes and no", Dombrowski said Wednesday ahead of Game 4 at Minute Maid Park.

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.

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