Major League Baseball clears Astros of sign stealing: ‘We consider the matter closed’

Sherman Parsons
October 18, 2018

This Astros employee was caught monitoring the field with a camera.

Major League Baseball says an investigation has concluded that a Houston Astros employee seen taking photos or video near Cleveland's dugout during Game 3 of the AL Division Series was merely monitoring the field to ensure the Indians weren't violating any rules. A few days later, the same man was ejected from an area in Fenway Park during Game 1 of the ALCS.

Major League Baseball has looked into allegations that suggest the Astros potentially cheated during Game 1 of the ALCS vs. the Red Sox, but does not consider it to be a major matter, according to MLB Network's Joel Sherman.

The Post learned that MLB's investigation into the matter already was complete before Game 3 began.

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The Red Sox are leading the series 2-1 with Game 4 set to take place tonight in Houston. The Astros didn't deny any details presented by Metro.

The defending champions came under scrutiny after Cleveland filed a complaint about a man associated with Houston attempting to photograph or video the Indians' dugout last week.

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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.

Neither the Red Sox or Astros provided further comments regarding the situation.

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The utilization of technology in sign-stealing efforts isn't likely to go away, and it'll continue to force teams and players into more rigorous efforts to protect signs. "I'm anxious about the game".

The Indians had been upset when an unidentified man, who had been issued a credential before the October 8 game in Cleveland, appeared to be trying to view scouting reports in the team's dugout on Houston's players, one person told AP. Asked if he's concerned about signs being stolen, he said, "I'm always concerned about that throughout the season".

"I don't think that person was per se stealing signs", he said. He was in possession of a small camera and had been texting regularly while near the dugout. He stood out because he was wearing a suit jacket in a restricted area reserved for photographers, a member of the team's social media department and where TV reporters are permitted to stand, one of the sources said.

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