This will not go well with the Yankees.
MLB’s long investigation into the Astros poster theft scandal revealed on Monday that Houston illegally stole posters electronically not only during the regular 2017 season, as Athletic initially reported, but also during those playoffs, when the Astros defeated the Yankees in seven games at ALCS, on their way to winning the Dodgers World Series.
MLB also discovered that the Astros continued to cheat in the regular season of 2018, but not during the postseason of 2019, when Houston also defeated the Yankees in the ALCS.
Commissioner Rob Manfed suspended Astros manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow for a season, and Houston dismissed both of them shortly after, as a result of the investigation. However, there are no plans to vacate the title of the Astros World Series, as many baseball fans on social media have cried out.
The MLB previously warned teams not to steal signals electronically after the Red Sox were caught stealing signals using an Apple watch against the Yankees in September 2017.
That same season, the then Houston banking coach and current Red Sox manager Alex Cora “arranged for a video room technician to install a monitor that showed the power of the central field chamber immediately outside the Astros booth. “said the report.
The Astros used the central field camera stationed in their stadium to steal the posters of the pitchers and hit the trash cans to relay them, former Houston pitcher Mike Fiers told The Athletic in November. Houston won all four home games against the Yankees in the ALCS ’17, but it is unclear how much the poster steal played in the Astros victory.
Cora has not yet been punished for his role in the scandal because the league is currently investigating the possible use of electronic products by the Red Sox to steal posters. Mets manager Carlos Beltrán will not be disciplined, despite being the only Astros player named in Monday’s report as one of those who discussed how “the team could improve by decoding the signs of opposing teams and communicating the signs to the batter. “
Last season, the Yankees were furious with the Astros, claiming that Houston shelter members whistled as a way to steal posters. Those accusations were quickly unfounded by MLB.