June 16, 2021

A.J. Hinch opens up on sign-stealing scandal — to a point (New York Post)

TAMPA — A.J. Hinch admitted the Astros were “wrong” for using an electronic sign-stealing scheme in 2017 during an interview with MLB Network that aired Friday.

The former Houston manager also had a chance to deny accusations that his team used buzzers under their uniforms as recently as last season to signal pitches — but he didn’t refute that claim.

Hinch was questioned about whether buzzers were worn by his players and deferred to Major League Baseball’s findings.

“We got investigated for three months,” Hinch said. “The Commissioner’s Office did as thorough of an investigation as anyone could imagine was possible. I know you mentioned about the emails and the texts and the messages and I believe it.”

MLB said last month that it “explored wearable devices during the investigation, but found no evidence to substantiate it.’’

A.J. Hinch
A.J. HinchAP

Footage of Jose Altuve’s game-winning homer off the Yankees’ Aroldis Chapman in Game 6 of last year’s ALCS — which sent the Astros to the World Series — showed Altuve yelling at his teammates not to rip off his jersey as he finished circling the bases.

Altuve’s agent, Scott Boras, told The Post…

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