Published: Thu, October 18, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

MLB says Astros cheating allegations not major

MLB says Astros cheating allegations not major

Dombrowski told reporters he agreed that the man in the camera well was not stealing signs, but he did not appreciate that the Red Sox were accused of cheating by the Astros during MLB's investigation.

Astros general manager and president of baseball operations Jeff Luhnow said his team was "playing defense" and trying to ensure compliance by the Red Sox by placing someone near the Red Sox dugout.

According to the Metro report, which cited multiple security sources who were on the scene, a man was removed during the third inning of Game 1 on Saturday night at Fenway Park but allowed to stay in the ballpark after another Astros staffer intervened.

However, according to Major League Baseball after investigating the matter, the Astros have been cleared of wrongdoing and that they didn't violate any rules. The pair of timely hits helped the Red Sox secure a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

"We are aware of the matter, and it will be handled internally", Major League Baseball communications officer Pat Courtney said Tuesday night, after the Red Sox's 8-2 victory in Houston gave the Red Sox a 2-1 series lead.

Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer further reports that the Indians filed a complaint with the league against the Astros following a pair of similar incidents in the ALDS and also reached out to the Red Sox to warn them prior to the start of the ALCS.

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The second person tried to gain access to the field photographer's pit but was turned away, said the people who spoke Wednesday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.

"I'm aware of something going on, but I haven't been briefed", Astros manager A.J. Hinch said after Tuesday's Game 3. This wasn't an isolated incident and should be taken very seriously.

If it can be proven the Astros were using a covertly placed "employee" and technology in an over-the-top way to steal signs, and all signs are pointing to that, they should and will be punished somehow. He was then removed from the media-credentialed area. Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer tweeted during the regular season that Houston's pitchers may have been using banned substances to improve the spin on their pitches. The MLB has since closed its investigation into the matter, per Forbes.

Passan writes that the league has not punished the Astros for any illegal behavior following the investigation.

After both teams left the field between innings, the Red Sox challenged the play.

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