“I have never worn an electronic device in my performance as a major league player,” the statement, which was reported by the New York Post, read.
According to Manfred’s report, the Astros used two illegal technological methods to steal signs throughout the 2017 season and part of the 2018 season — relaying information to runners on second base after decoding signs from the video replay room; and using a live feed from a center-field camera and then banging on a trash can to signal certain pitches.
The report made no mention of wearable devices and said “the investigation revealed no violations of the policy by the Astros in the 2019 season or 2019 Postseason.”
“Other than described above,” the statement read, “the investigation did not reveal any other scheme or method utilized by the Astros to decode an opposing Club’s signs from 2016 to the present.”
In addition to a one-year suspension for Hinch and Luhnow, MLB also fined the Astros $5 million and stripped them of four picks — one in each of the first two rounds in the next two drafts. The following day, in anticipation of further punishment, the Red Sox fired Cora. Cora was the Astros’ bench coach during their 2017 championship season.
And on Thursday, the Mets and Beltran — who, like Cora, was described as a central figure in the report — mutually agreed to part ways. Beltran played for the 2017 Astros and is the only player mentioned in MLB’s report.