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Astros' suspicious activity reportedly started before ALCS vs. Red Sox

Ryan Hannable
October 16, 2018 - 11:31 pm
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Maybe this is bigger than first thought.

On Tuesday, Danny Picard of Metro Boston reported that during Game 1 of the ALCS Fenway Park security removed a man from the media-credentialed area next to the Red Sox dugout who claimed to be an Astros employee. The man had a small camera and was texting frequently, but was without a media credential.

After the man was removed, another Astros staffer intervened and tried to convince security that he was authorized to be in the area next to the dugout. The man was allowed to stay in the ballpark but was not allowed back into the credentialed area.

MLB responded to the report with an email to Picard saying, “We are aware of the matter and it will be handled internally.” Additionally, Red Sox president of baseball of operations Dave Dombrowski told reporters in Houston after Game 3 the matter had been taken care of early in the game and did not impact the outcome in any way.

While it may not have impacted the ALCS, this may be a bigger issue, as am MLB executive from another team indicated to WEEI.com's Rob Bradford. It was also learned this came up in the Astros' series against the Indians in the ALDS.

According to Andy Baskin of 92.3 the Fan, a man wearing an Astros media credential was removed from the camera bay during Game 3 of the ALDS against the Indians. Additionally, Cleveland.com is saying it was employee of the Astros, and he was removed twice by security from the photographer's pit next to the Indians' dugout after trying to film inside the dugout.

Alex Speier of the Boston Globe adds the Astros' employee during Game 1 of the ALCS was trying to see if the Red Sox were using video monitors to steal Astros signs, basically a spy vs. spy type of thing.

Stay tuned as there likely will be more to come, especially considering Red Sox manager Alex Cora was with the Astros as their bench coach last season.

[UPDATE 10:30 a.m.]: Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, has identified the man and also reports the Oakland A’s called MLB because they believed Houston was stealing signals and relaying them to the field using hand claps during a late-August series.

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