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MLB releases statement regarding sign-stealing: ‘We consider the matter closed’

Ryan Hannable
October 17, 2018 - 3:47 pm

On Tuesday, a report surfaced of the Astros having an employee removed from a media-credentialed area next to the Red Sox dugout during Game 1 of the ALCS. The employee was taking video of the dugout and texting a lot.

This began a string of a few other stories coming out regarding suspicions of the Astros and sign-stealing dating back to the regular season.

Major League Baseball released a statement on the matter Wednesday, and although it wasn’t specific to the Astros, the Astros’ issue came up.

“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.”

Game 4 of the ALCS between the Red Sox and Astros is set for Wednesday night.

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