June 17, 2021

MLB — No evidence Astros used wearable devices to aid sign stealing (ESPN)

The Houston Astros‘ illegal use of technology fueled further speculation Thursday that the team’s players took their methods a step further by wearing concealed devices that notified them of certain pitches.

In response, Major League Baseball said Thursday it “explored wearable devices during the investigation [of the Astros] but found no evidence to substantiate it.”

An MLB official said the inquiry into wearable devices included the 2019 season.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred issued a nine-page report Monday, the result of an investigation that found the Astros used technology to cheat during their World Series-winning 2017 season. AJ Hinch of Houston, Alex Cora of the Boston Red Sox and Carlos Beltran of the New York Mets all lost their managerial jobs in the wake of the report; Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow was also let go. Both Cora and Beltran were members of the Astros at the time and were implicated in Manfred’s report.

On Wednesday, the matter of Astros players wearing electronic devices began with tweets stating that Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman “wore devices that buzzed” on the inside of their right shoulders, and that the devices were controlled by a video…

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