Every ounce of the sign-stealing allegations that are being pressed against the Houston Astros must be taken seriously. If they hold true, Major League Baseball should meet the Astros with fire and fury because the situation poses yet another identity crisis for America’s pastime.
Let’s face the facts before dissecting this monstrosity.
On Tuesday Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich of The Athletic reported that the Astros stole signs electronically in the 2017 MLB season (information is provided by ESPN‘s Jeff Passan). They did so by using a center-field camera. When the camera detected how many fingers the opposing team’s catcher put down and it was an off-speed pitch, you could occasionally hear the banging of a trash can.
In The Athletic‘s reporting on the matter, former Astros and current Oakland Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers provided some perspective:
“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,” Fiers said in the story. “Young guys getting hit around in the first couple of innings starting a game, and then they get sent down. It’s [B.S.] on that end….