Astros Suspected of Cheating In ALCS, ALDS

Tyler Owen
October 18, 2018

The same employee was removed from an area near Boston's dugout before Game 1 of the ALCS.

Speaking to reporters (including Chris Smith of MassLive) before Game 4 in Houston on Wednesday, Luhnow defended his team's actions after Major League Baseball cleared the Astros of any wrongdoing.

According to the Metro report, which cited multiple security sources who were on the scene, a man was removed during the third inning of Game 1 on Saturday night at Fenway Park but allowed to stay in the ballpark after another Astros staffer intervened. "So I think everybody has a general feeling for what's going on". Instead, the line is he was prowling around near the dugout to make sure the Red Sox weren't cheating, or at least that's what a source is telling Forbes.

A man wearing a Houston Astros media credential was removed from the camera bay of American League Division Series Game 3 against the Cleveland Indians, Andy Baskin of 92.3 the Fan reported Tuesday.

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

"We were playing defence, we were not playing offence", Luhnow said before Game 4 of the ALCS.

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"I compare the series to those Saturdays in the late '90s when FSU and Miami played, that there were a lot of first-rounders and a lot of swag and good athletes", Cora said.

This is not the first time this season the Astros have been accused of cheating.

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

Nothing the Astros do would be considered a surprise to the Red Sox, since manager Alex Cora served as Houston's bench coach previous year. Sports Boston confirmed the report, and suggested this was not an isolated incident. A thorough investigation concluded that an Astros employee was monitoring the field to ensure that the opposing Club was not violating any rules.

All of the suspicion has added to the length of each game, as both teams' catchers have routinely walked to the mound to confer with their pitchers, usually while covering their mouths with their gloves. All Clubs remaining in the playoffs have been notified to refrain from these types of efforts and to direct complaints about any in-stadium rules violations to Major League Baseball staff for investigation and resolution.

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