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This week, Major League Baseball has been rocked by accusations that the Houston Astros are using a simple, lo-fi system to steal signs from opposing teams. The settlements, now with the Oakland Athletics, and three anonymous people affiliated with the Astros; Fier has been playing for Houston at the time of his allegations.
All four said in 2017, the team placed a camera in the central field at Minute Maid Park, their home field in Houston. From that angle, a camera can capture signals from the team opponent's catcher; Catchers traditionally use hand gestures to indicate the type of pitch they want to throw at the pitcher (one finger for a fastball, two for a change, etc.).
Athletic reports that the camera hooked up to a live feed playing in the Houston tunnel. An employee would see a pitch call and, if it was anything other than a fastball, a loud noise would be made to alert the Astros hitter. Sources say an employee sometimes gets a bat in a trash can. In other video clips, lashing can be heard as a possible signal.
Fans of baseball fans have been combing through the Astros footage since 2017 to find proof. And they have numerous videos appearing to show a link between the sounds and off-speed pitches the opposition has called. bangs and whistles will become brighter). A 2017 game against the Chicago White Sox is a good example: Loud bangs are heard before off-speed pitches, and there is silence when fastballs are called.
As West's rivals, the Oakland A's have repeatedly faced Houston for the last two years. Some clips from their many contacts appear to lend credence to the alleged sign theft system.
In this clip from an August 19, 2017 game, there is a low bang heard at 2:39:14 at 2:39; 37, a louder bang was heard. Both times, the A's catcher only called for an off-speed pitch. After the second bang, Astros hitter Alex Bregman takes the pitch from A & # 39; s Ryan Dull and launches it into the left field for a home run. More clips can be seen and heard on the baseball subreddit, which tracks dozens of examples.
The Astros confirmed on Tuesday that they are launching a partnership investigation into Major League Baseball. ESPN reports Astros manager AJ Hinch, Red Sox manager Alex Cora and New York Mets manager Carlos Beltran, all part of the 2017 World Series winner, will be interviewed by the league.
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