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'Illegal coach' reportedly removed from dugout during Red Sox-Yankees ALDS

Ryan Hannable
October 18, 2018 - 11:36 am

Apparently, the Astros aren't the only team that has drawn the attention of Major League Baseball this postseason with some shady business.

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, MLB was alerted to an illegal coach on one of the Red Sox and Yankees' benches during the ALDS, and he was asked to leave the dugout. The report doesn't say which team had the illegal coach.

In addition, in the Dodgers-Rockies tiebreaker game there were concerns of someone signaling batters from center field and another in which signals were relayed to a third-base coach from the tunnel and then passed along to the batter.

Major League Baseball released a statement Wednesday on sign-stealing across the league, including the Astros' matter with an employee being removed from a media-credentialed area during Game 1 of the ALCS.

“Before the Postseason began, a number of Clubs called the Commissioner’s Office about sign stealing and the inappropriate use of video equipment,” the statement read. “The concerns expressed related to a number of Clubs, not any one specific Club.  In response to these calls, the Commissioner’s Office reinforced the existing rules with all playoff Clubs and undertook proactive measures, including instituting a new prohibition on the use of certain in-stadium cameras, increasing the presence of operations and security personnel from Major League Baseball at all Postseason games and instituting a program of monitoring Club video rooms.

“With respect to both incidents regarding a Houston Astros employee, security identified an issue, addressed it and turned the matter over to the Department of Investigations.  A thorough investigation concluded that an Astros employee was monitoring the field to ensure that the opposing Club was not violating any rules. All Clubs remaining in the playoffs have been notified to refrain from these types of efforts and to direct complaints about any in-stadium rules violations to MLB staff for investigation and resolution. We consider the matter closed.”

Hard to consider the matter closed when issues keep coming to light, right?

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