The Astros’ illegal use of technology fueled further speculation Thursday that Houston players took their methods a step further by wearing concealed devices that notified them of certain pitches, including this past season.
In response, Major League Baseball said Thursday it “explored wearable devices during the investigation [into the Astros] but found no evidence to substantiate it.”
An MLB official said the inquiry into wearable devices included the 2019 season.
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MLB commissioner Rob Manfred issued a nine-page report Monday, the result of an investigation that found the Astros used technology to cheat during its World Series-winning 2017 season. AJ Hinch of Houston, Alex Cora of Boston and Carlos Beltran of the Mets all lost their managerial jobs in the wake of the report, as did Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow. Both Cora and Beltran were members of the Astros at the time and were implicated in Manfred’s report.
On Wednesday, the matter of Astros players wearing electronic devices began with tweets stating that Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman “wore devices that buzzed” on the inside of their right shoulders, and that the devices were controlled by a video coordinator who presumably decoded signs by opposing catchers and relayed them to the batters.
Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer reacted Thursday, tweeting, “I’ve heard this from multiple parties too, for what it’s worth…”
The Twitter account that first brought light to the issue appears to have been disabled.
The account also referenced Altuve’s walk-off home run off New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman in Game 6 of the 2019 American League Championship Series, which put the Astros in the World Series.
As he approaches home plate after his pennant-clinching homer, Altuve clearly and demonstrably tells his awaiting teammates not to yank off his jersey. When asked why during an on-field interview with Fox Sports, Altuve laughs and says, “I don’t know. I’m too shy. Last time they did that, I got in trouble with my wife.”
In response to speculation that he did not want his jersey removed because he was wearing an electronic device, Altuve released a statement through his agent, Scott Boras.