In 2017, the Houston Astros were the best team in baseball. They finished the season with 101 wins and went all the way to win the World Series against the Dodgers. Jose Altuve would later take home the American League MVP for the season as he received 27 first place votes.
All of that may be reversed, though, as earlier today, news was released that the Astros stole signs using a camera positioned in the outfield in order to give their hitters an added advantage. They would convey what pitch was coming by slamming on a garbage bin in a specific way to warn the batter of a specific pitch.
This news comes from former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers, as he was on the Astros that season. He was quoted as saying, “That’s not playing the game the right way. They were advanced and willing to go above and beyond to win.”
The Astros have been through many accusations in the past few years. They have been accused of stealing signs in the past 3 postseasons (2017, 2018, and 2019), and were accused by Trevor Bauer to be greasing their pitches in order to increase spin rate.
If this accusation by Fiers is indeed true, the league will have a lot of decisions to make. Potential moves include but are not limited to:
- Stripping the Astros of their title
- Suspending batters on the Astros roster in the 2017 postseason for a period of time
- Stripping Jose Altuve of his MVP award
Those are just the main punishments that come to mind when first hearing about this scandal. This story certainly has rocked MLB fans to their core, and it will continue to as more information comes out about this case.