One Astros fan who initially believed the sign-stealing accusations against his favorite team were pure trash has flipped the lid on the Houston cheating scandal.
Tony Adams, a 54-year-old graphic designer and web developer, downloaded videos of 8,274 opposing pitches over 58 games from 2017 and found evidence of a banging sound on nearly 14% of them (1,143).
MLB had determined that the Astros were stealing signs relayed from a video camera in center field to someone banging trash cans from a tunnel outside their dugout to alert teammates of the incoming pitch selection throughout the 2017 World Series championship campaign, ultimately costing manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow their jobs.
“It was obvious within 30 seconds that, yeah, they did it. It’s undeniable,” Adams told the Wall Street Journal. “The truth is bad enough in this situation.
“With all the stuff going around, I wanted to say, ‘We know this happened,’ and get back to an empirical fact assessment of the situation instead of the craziness that’s been the last few months.”
The scandal also led to the firings of Boston manager Alex Cora and Mets manager Carlos Beltran, who…