Citing security sources, Boston Metro reported that a man claiming to be an Astros employee was removed from the credentialed area for media next to the Boston Red Sox dugout Saturday night at Fenway Park.
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 Red Sox were reportedly given a heads up about Houston by the Cleveland Indians after they had a similar situation with the Astros in the ALDS.
"After the man was removed another Astros staffer intervened - according to sources who were on the scene - and tried to convince security that he was authorized to be in the area next to the dugout".
Former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz doesn't even attempt to try to hide his homer-ish rooting interests during games, even though his current job has him being an analyst for FOX Sports 1.
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"I brought this issue to Major League Baseball past year and thought that for pace of game, that could probably save 20 minutes a game", Verlander said.
The Yahoo Sports report adds the Astros were suspected of stealing signs by the Oakland Athletics during a series in late August and by the Los Angeles Dodgers during last year's World Series, which Houston won in Game 7. And we don't get caught up on the whole paranoia thing of the signs.
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 not concerned about it though".
This is not the first time this season the Astros have been accused of cheating. The A's believed players in the Houston dugout were using claps as a way of relaying pitches to hitters. Bauer didn't provide any specifics or evidence to back up the claim, however.
Following Game 3, Indians starter Mike Clevinger alluded to the Astros having an advantage. "I think it speeds up the game quite a bit, and hopefully can help alleviate some of this stuff that we see from pitchers with all these multiple signs". "And I mean you're just hyper aware of it".
When asked if he felt like anything was going on during the first two ALCS games at Fenway Park, Cora responded, "No, I don't".