Houston Astros should not be only team implicated in sign-stealing scandal

Houston Astros GM Jeff Luhnow and owner Jim Crane (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Houston Astros GM Jeff Luhnow and owner Jim Crane (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /

The Houston Astros shouldn’t be the only team implicated in a sign-stealing scandal as the latest report indicates otherwise. What’s going on?

In the midst of the Houston Astros sign-stealing investigation, three anonymous people from the 2018 Boston Red Sox organization came forward and revealed that Red Sox players illegally used their replay room to steal signs. How does this scandal compare to the Houston Astros?

After the 2019 World Series, ex Houston Astros pitcher Mike Fiers came forward and said the Astros illegally used an outfield camera to steal signs during the 2017 season.

This sparked MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred to launch a full-on investigation into the Houston Astros alleged illegal use of sign-stealing.

As a die-hard Houston Astros fan, this was hard to swallow and originally convinced me that there is no way that this could be true. But after evidence began piling up and made it clear that the Astros illegally stole signs in 2017 there was no way I could keep denying this fact.

People began lashing out criticism on the Astros and proposing very harsh penalties for the Astros actions. Punishment is clearly necessary to try to preserve the integrity of the game, but it is also clear that the Astros are not the only team that has gone to illegal measures to steal signs.

This brought up the question of how long it would be until this investigation opened up the floodgates for other team’s illegal methods to steal signs that were brought to the light.

Recently, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich released an article revealing that three

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anonymous people from the 2018 Boston Red Sox organization came forward and admitted that the Red Sox illegally used their video replay room to steal signs during the 2018 season.

Although it appears that the Astros had superior technology via a live feed center field camera to steal signs compared to the Red Sox having to use their replay room to steal signs, both teams had the same intent.

Therefore, the Red Sox’s sign-stealing scandal should be given the same attention that the Astros when they were accused of sign-stealing because both teams had the same intent: unfairly obtain information so that batters could know what pitch was coming before it is thrown.

While this investigation was supposed to only affect the Astros it has already spread to the Red Sox’s and will ultimately affect many other MLB teams. This original investigation on the Astros organization will end up affecting the MLB as a whole and lead many people to question the integrity of the game of baseball.

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The Houston Astros conviction of sign-stealing is just the tip of the iceberg. I am certain many other MLB teams will also be accused of using illegal mechanisms to gain an unfair advantage in the very near future just as the Red Sox recently were.