Major League Baseball said it is looking into an incident during Houston’s 7-2 win in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series in which an Astros employee appeared to be seen shooting video from the photographer’s pit adjacent to the Red Sox’s dugout.
Re: the Metro story about the Astros: https://t.co/FwIqJ1EDA0 The current concern (or paranoia) about stealing info/signs in this information era is unprecedented. Folks in the industry should be embarrassed about how ridiculous and petty this is now.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) October 17, 2018
The Astros, major league sources tell ESPN’s Buster Olney, had deployed the employee to monitor whether the Red Sox were doing anything outside the rules on their side of the field.
The incident, which led to the employee being removed by security — is expected to lead to nothing more than a fine for the Astros, according to sources.
Cora said the situation is something for Major League Baseball to handle.
“Somebody mentioned [it] to me right now. That’s an MLB issue,” Cora said. “They’ll do what they have to do. But I just heard today.”
Dave Dombrowski, Boston’s president of baseball operations, said MLB dealt with the issue early in the game.
“That didn’t have anything to do with the game. Really, all I can say is it’s in Major League Baseball’s hands,” Dombrowski said. “It was done early in the game, caught early in the game. There are things they were dealing with. It’s in Major League Baseball’s hands. But it did not cost us anything.”
Cleveland.com reported Tuesday night that the Cleveland Indians filed a complaint with MLB about the Astros trying to film their dugout during Game 3 of the American League Division Series. Houston won that game to complete a three-game sweep.
Yahoo Sports reported Tuesday that Oakland Athletics players in August believed members of the Astros were relaying stolen signs during games and the team called to have the incident investigated.
Here’s what we know so far about the Astros employee who was removed from the photo pit during Game 1. A source says the employee was trying to see if Sox were using video monitors to steal Astros signs – spy vs spy. https://t.co/3PFQqD6YSE
— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) October 17, 2018
Something nefarious has clearly taken place. Time to seriously investigate MLB.