Mike Fiers, ex-Houston Astros Player, claims team cheated by using a camera to steal signs during the 2017 season. Fiers recently told The Athletic in an interview which has now led to further investigations.
In Major League Baseball, almost every team tries to steal signs from the opposing catcher on what the pitcher is going to throw. However, what the Houston Astros did is illegal. Using electronic equipment to steal signs is strictly prohibited and could result in further punishments going forward. Fiers, who is now a member of the Oakland Athletics, told The Athletic that Houston used a hidden video feed to observe opponents’ pitching signs.
Fiers also claimed that they used a camera mounted in centerfield and team members would watch the video from a hidden monitor next to the bench. If they believed to have intercepted the signal, they would communicate it to the hitter by hitting a garbage can.
Fiers told the press, “That’s not playing the game the right way.” “They were advanced and willing to go above and beyond to win,” Fiers told the Athletic.
This is not the first time a team has been caught using technology to get a real-time advantage during games. The Boston RedSox, 2018 World Champions, were caught using an Apple Watch to steal signs during the 2017 season.
There are now three active managers who are linked to these allegations. AJ Hinch who is the manager of the Houston Astros, Alex Cora, the Boston RedSox manager, who served as the bench coach of the Houston Astros during the 2017 season, and Carlos Beltran, the New York Mets manager, who played for the 2017 Houston Astros.
This news is very frustrating for baseball fans and players around the league. Fiers told The Athletic, “I just want the game to be cleaned up a little bit because there are guys who are losing their jobs because they’re going in there not knowing.” The Houston Astros will most definitely be punished for their actions throughout the 2017 season.