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Dombrowski upset at implication Red Sox were stealing signs vs. Astros in ALCS

John Tomase
October 17, 2018 - 8:12 pm

Dave Dombrowski heard Jeff Luhnow's explanation for illicitly filming the Red Sox dugout, and he doesn't like it one bit.

Speaking to reporters in Houston on Wednesday before Game 4 of the American League Championship Series, Dombrowski took exception with Luhnow's contention that the Astros were filming as a means of ensuring the Red Sox weren't cheating, and the Red Sox president of baseball operations also disputed the notion that Major League Baseball has closed its investigation.

“I’m not angry,” Dombrowski said. “I’m just upset, I don’t like the implication that we were doing something that they were checking on when they were actually, don’t forget, they were the ones who created a false credential, or asked for a credential, of somebody that’s not supposed to have one.

“The person is not an employee of the Houston Astros. That person was not supposed to be a credentialed person in that box. I know that for a fact. It’s a bad thing to put it upon our lap for me.”

Dombrowski was asked if he believed the Astros weren't cheating, and if he considered the matter closed, as MLB announced.

“To me, the answer to that is yes and no,” he said. “Yes, I do not think that person in the camera well was stealing signs. So I understand that was resolved. No, in the sense that, first of all, there was a violation. A person was in a credential box that shouldn’t have been there. He wasn’t supposed to be there. Secondly, I don’t like the implication that the Boston Red Sox were doing anything illegal.

“And so, I don’t think that the issue is actually closed for Major League Baseball from what I’ve been advised from the Commissioner’s Office. So there’s a lot more steps that are attached to this. So yes, I think it’s partially closed, but I don’t think it’s all the way closed.”

The issue for Dombrowski is the fact that the Astros surreptitiously stationed someone in a photo pit who didn't belong there. He has no issues with anyone stealing signs the old-fashioned way.

“If they’re in their dugout and they’re in there trying to steal our signs, I think that’s part of the game,” he said. “If you’re doing electronic devices, that’s against the rules. We were penalized last year. I think it’s a situation where, I don’t think that person was per se stealing signs. I will also tell you that person was told in the other series against Cleveland that he should not be in there, and yet he went back in there. So to me, when they say they’re doing this to protect themselves, they’re also not listening to authorities from above. I again don’t like the implication that we’re doing anything wrong.”