The fallout of the Houston Astros cheating continues for yet another day as fans lobby to get players suspended, their 2017 World Series Title vacated, and most of them hoping they get pitches thrown at their heads.
One of the biggest claims was that the team used buzzers as well to be informed of incoming pitches, but Major League Baseball found no evidence of the Houston Astros cheating during the 2019 season or wearing buzzers in order to help them steal signs.
He addressed the buzzer allegations in an interview with ESPN’s Karl Ravich and stated they could not find “a single witness who could corroborate that there were buzzers being used” in 2019 or that the Astros were cheating at all that season.
He also admitted that does not necessarily mean the accusations are a complete fabrication.
“The buzzer allegation with the tape and everything, we were fully aware of that during the investigation. … Can I tell you for 100 percent certain that it didn’t happen? No, you can never know that,” Manfred said. “People tell you what they tell you. I can tell you the evidence on this issue was as consistent in the direction that nothing was going on as the evidence was consistent in the direction that there was inappropriate behavior in ’17 and ’18.”
The biggest evidence that social media uncovered is the fact that Jose Altuve hit a walk-off home run in Game 6 of the ALCS, but could be seen telling teammates not to rip off his shirt as he rounded the bases. He later stated his wife didn’t want him to get his shirt ripped off, and then Carlos Correa said Altuve had a unfinished tattoo he didn’t like.
The 2020 MLB season is definitely going to be an interesting one.