The Houston Astros might be the most disliked team in all of baseball and it has everything to do with the recent accusations that the organization has been cheating.
Major League Baseball is now investigating those claims after The Athletic website reported the team stole signs during home games in 2017 by using a camera positioned in center field. The report quoted former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers, who played for the club in 2017, as well as other people that worked for the team.
Two sources told The Athletic that Houston used a camera at Minute Maid Park that was connected to a TV monitor in the tunnel where team employees or players would communicate expected pitches by banging a trash can to signal off-speed pitches.
“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 told the website.
Now, it seems that were using that same system in 2019 as well.
Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow said he hoped the allegations wouldn’t put a damper on Houston’s recent run of success, which includes the team’s first World Series title in 2017 and an AL pennant this season.
“Teams are competing with one another and everybody’s trying to find an edge,” Luhnow said. “But we all have to follow the rules and the rules are set by Major League Baseball. We all agree to follow them and if you don’t there’s ramifications to that. We want to follow the rules and we want to compete and win. That’s what every other club does, as well.”