Houston Astros Accused of Sign Stealing During 2017 World Series


Source: USA Today

Jason Alwang, Editor

In 2017, the Houston Astros defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers to win their first World Series in franchise history. Now, more than two years later, the Astros have been accused of sign-stealing during that historic World Series. Ever since the World Series title, they’ve never confessed nor denied the sign stealing. 

Last week, there was a report that said the team had a center field camera directed towards the Dodgers catcher and someone decoded those signs using a trash can and told the batter what type of pitch it was. There is no proof that this report is true but it’s pretty detailed. CBS sports says, “Stealing signs is not explicitly against MLB rules and pretty much everyone within the industry is fine with signs being stolen the old-fashioned way.” However, when it comes to what the Astros are being accused of, that is against MLB rules which is why the MLB is having a thorough investigation. 

The MLB is interviewing the Astros personnel in 2017, including Mets manager Carlos Beltran and Red Sox manager Alex Cora for being accused of being the key roles in the sign stealing. 

The Astros haven’t said much about the situation except for saying they’re handling the situation with the MLB. The way this started is Mike Fiers, who used to be a pitcher for Houston, is the one who started all the talk. “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,” said Fiers. Fiers is now a pitcher for the Oakland Athletics and is 34 years old. He mentioned the cameras that he believes were used to steal the signs. 

Overall, this situation is still developing and no one knows what will happen with the Astros, Dodgers, and MLB.