While it's yet to be proven if the Astros were doing anything illegal, the two incidents have raised further questions about the use of electronic equipment during games and whether Houston has been cheating.
The Post cited an unidentified league source who Tuesday night said the investigation concluded that the Astros employee wasn't trying to steal signs, but instead but was acting on suspicions that the Red Sox, in fact, had been stealing Astros signs and was there to try to catch them in the act.
Major League Baseball issued a statement on the matter Wednesday. The Astros didn't deny any details presented by Metro.
According to Metro Boston, a man was removed from media area next to the Boston Red Sox dugout during Game 1 of the ALCS. Per the report, the man had a small camera and was texting frequently. The man's credential was requested by Houston, according to the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.
Perhaps the greater issue in all of this, Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston writes, is Major League Baseball's lack of transparency on matters of this regard. "So I mean we do a good job changing sequences". We try to slow it down. "So when we go into an opposing ballpark, we tend to look around and make sure we don't see any suspicious activity".
"We are aware of the matter, and it will be handled internally", Pat Courtney, MLB's chief communications officer, said Tuesday night, following Boston's 8-2 victory in Game 3 at Houston's Minute Maid Park.
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"I'm always concerned about [sign-stealing] throughout the season", Cora said after the game. Dombrowski said there are "a lot more steps that are attached to this" before adding, "I think it's partially closed, but I don't think it's all the way closed".
MLB's statement confirms McLaughlin, the Astros employee, was monitoring the other team's dugout to ensure they were not violating any rules.
Speaking with reporters ahead of Tuesday's ALCS Game 3, Cora likened the series with a famous college football rivalry that was pretty heated throughout the years: Miami and Florida State.
After the Indians lost the American League Division Series to the Astros in a three-game sweep last week, Cleveland said a man was seen with a cellphone standing by the photographer's pit at Progressive Field, the Indians' home park, October 8.
The Houston Astros on Wednesday acknowledged a longstanding practice of having a team employee surveil the opposing team's dugout during road games, but said the objective was merely to ensure that they.