HOUSTON-There are baseball players who could rightly be called sluggers. A report by 92.3 The Fan, a radio station in Cleveland, said that the Indians also removed a man wearing an Astros media credential from the camera bay in Game 3 of the Division Series at Progressive Field.
Major League Baseball is investigating the Houston Astros after a man affiliated with the team appeared to be shooting video of the Boston Red Sox during Game 1 of the American League Championship Series. "The series of complaints against the Astros, Sherman notes, could stem in part from a reputation in the industry that portrays them as a "[New England] Patriots-like" organization - that is, one that "pushes to the limits of the rules - and perhaps beyond". Nevertheless, Eovaldi, whom the Red Sox acquired from the Rays in late July, gave up only two runs on six hits and two walks, striking out four - four more than Astros starter Dallas Keuchel, who allowed two runs in five innings.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora said he heard about the alleged incident.
If the Red Sox win: They get to rest Sale and their worn-out bullpen for four days as they won't be needed until Game 1 of the World Series next Tuesday. After MLB found the Red Sox used electronic devices to steal hand signals from opposing catchers on the Yankees and other teams, the Red Sox filed a complaint alleging the Yankees used a camera from YES Network, co-owned by Yankee Global Enterprises, to relay signs during games.
Making this catch even more incredible is the fact that the bases were loaded.
Sign-stealing has always been a part of baseball, but technological advances have created complications.
These Red Sox seem to treat imposing road locales with the same laissez-faire attitude that Rocky Balboa treated Russian Federation when he took on Ivan Drago. Doing such things without technology is surely done by every team in some way, as signs aren't changed often enough and pitchers tip their pitches at times. Sports, the Indians warned the Red Sox of the scheme before the ALCS. As Drellich examines, the lack of clear rules in place and the unnecessarily hushed manner in which the league handles such scenarios only incentivizes teams to continue rule-bending/breaking and to make accusations in the first place.