MLB Clears Astros of Any Wrongdoing in Sign-Stealing Scandal

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"There's some unintended consequences that come with the advancement of technology", Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. A thorough investigation concluded that an Astros employee was monitoring the field to ensure that the opposing Club was not violating any rules.

An Astros spokesman responded to several emails about the incident, but did not deny any of the specific details provided.

Following an investigation into two incidents this post-season, Major League Baseball said that the defending World Series champions were conducting surveillance - not spying - when a credentialed Astros employee was pointing his cellphone into the opposing dugouts during playoff games in Cleveland and Boston.

After the man was removed another Astros staffer intervened - according to sources who were on the scene - and tried to convince security that he was authorized to be in the area next to the dugout. Back in 2015, the Royals believed the Blue Jays were stealing signs during the 2015 ALCS (to say nothing of the infamous "man in white" conspiracy in Toronto a few years prior).

A man claiming to be an Astros employee was reportedly removed from the media-credentialed area next to the Red Sox dugout.

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The Red Sox were fined last season by Major League Baseball for using an Apple Watch to try to steal signs from the rival New York Yankees. Ironically, it was the Red Sox who were fined by the league last season for using an Apple Watch in a sign-stealing scheme. "So I mean we do a good job changing sequences. And we don't get caught up on the whole paranoia thing of the signs", he said. We try to slow it down.

When asked if he felt like anything was going on during the first two ALCS games at Fenway Park, Cora responded, "No, I don't".

"I don't think that person was per se stealing signs", he said. The employee, reported by Yahoo's Jeff Passan to be Kyle McLaughlin, was said to be pointing a small camera into the Boston dugout.

He spent the night at Massachusetts General Hospital and rejoined the team ahead of Game 3 in Houston on Tuesday. He was then removed from the media-credentialed area. Correa has said subsequently that he began foraging in Houston's data because he was concerned the Astros - whose baseball operations department was run by former employees of the Cardinals - had illegally swiped proprietary information from the Cardinals.