Major League Baseball has concluded that a Houston Astros employee was only monitoring opposing dugouts during the postseason to make sure other teams weren't breaking rules.
During the Astros' series-clinching win on October 8 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, a man with a cellphone standing by the photographer's pit was removed "several times" by security personnel, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Tuesday night.
The Red Sox were caught stealing signs last season using a Fitbit product to communicate between a member of the organization in video replay room to the athletic trainer in the dugout. The man's credential was requested by Houston, according to the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter. The Red Sox dropped the series opener but have won the past two to take a 2-1 lead.
After the man was removed another Astros staffer intervened - according to sources who were on the scene - and tried to convince security that he was authorized to be in the area next to the dugout. "I'm anxious about the game".
The Indians were concerned the man was attempting to view scouting reports Cleveland had on Houston's players, one person said.
The Houston Astros seem to be in trouble with Major League Baseball after a man, claiming to be a team employee, was removed from a media-credentialed area next to the Boston Red Sox dugout in Game 1 of the ALCS, according to Metro.
The Houston Astros on Wednesday acknowledged a longstanding practice of having a team employee surveil the opposing team's dugout during road games, but said the objective was merely to ensure that they. Doing such things without technology is surely done by every team in some way, as signs aren't changed often enough and pitchers tip their pitches at times. We try to slow it down.
After being asked about the man claiming to be an Astros' employee and the warning given to the Red Sox, an Indians spokesman said via email on Tuesday, "We are not going to comment on this situation". And then we'll go from there, " Cora said.
Cora said he didn't think there was anything going on during the first two games of the series at Fenway.
Cora said before the game that Sale, the potential starter Thursday night, might throw a bullpen during Game 3. "But everybody was out there giving it their all, they just had some really good arms to back it up". Bauer wasn't specific, but Astros pitchers Lance McCullers Jr. and Collin McHugh defended themselves on social media.