MLB says Astros cheating allegations not major


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. Cora said a decision on who will start will be made after Game 4. Metro says the man had a small camera and was texting frequently.

Major League Baseball told Boston Metro, which was first to report on the incident, that the matter was being handled internally.

The first employee, who had been issued a credential before the October 8 game in Cleveland, was removed from an area Saturday near Boston's dugout for taking photos during Game 1 of the ALCS.

Earlier Tuesday, a report by Boston Metro suggested that the Astros may have been caught cheating in Game 1 of the ALCS on Saturday.

Another Astros staffer reportedly intervened after the employee was removed from the section and tried to convince security the man was authorized to be in the credentialed area despite not having a media credential.

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.

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"I'm aware of something going on, but I haven't been briefed", Astros manager A.J. Hinch said after Tuesday's Game 3.

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 always concerned about [sign-stealing] throughout the season", Cora said after the game.

"I don't like the implication that the Boston Red Sox were doing anything illegal", Dombrowski said.

"Before the Postseason began, a number of Clubs called the Commissioner's Office about sign stealing and the inappropriate use of video equipment". It was done early in the game, caught early in the game. "So, I don't think that the issue is actually closed for Major League Baseball from what I've been advised from the commissioner's office. If we feel there's something going on we switch the signs". 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".