Ladies and gentlemen, feast your eyes on the man himself!
Just hours ago, we first heard about an Astros sign-stealing scandal that threatens to turn the postseason on its head (if the Red Sox can't simply take care of that of their own accord). Now, we're starting to get information about the man behind the iPhone, and it sounds like tales of his actions were told throughout baseball like a game of "telephone" late in the summer.
Meet Kyle McLaughlin, not from Twin Peaks, but rather from something far more mysterious.
Sources: The Indians warned the Red Sox about a man named Kyle McLaughlin taking pictures of their dugout for the Houston Astros. MLB also looked into an August incident in which Oakland alleged an Astros sign-stealing scheme.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) October 17, 2018
News at Yahoo Sports: https://t.co/P1t6sqhoQc pic.twitter.com/MHEP2yimWC
August! Now we're listening.
McLaughlin was caught in both Cleveland and Boston pointing his phone at the opposing dugout, and though not listed as an employee by the team, they've done a pretty terrible job of hiding his association with the Astros.
Kyle McLaughlin was caught in Cleveland and Boston pointing a cell phone at the opposing dugout. He is not listed publicly as an Astros employee, but photos obtained by Yahoo Sports show him wearing an Astros ID badge and flying on a private plane with an Astros logo. pic.twitter.com/boa3jCFSJh— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) October 17, 2018
Yeah, those photos'll do it.
Looking for more evidence that McLaughlin knows he's in hot water, though? How about a classic information deletion from Instagram?
In the first photo, McLaughlin is posing with Astros owner Jim Crane. The plane also includes logos to two of Crane’s businesses. On his Instagram account, McLaughlin used to list the Houston Astros in his biography. Earlier tonight, he deleted them from it.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) October 17, 2018
Yup. This guy knows he's got a problem.
One more piece of juicy information before we go, though. That whole Oakland mess? That involved stolen signs relayed via hand claps to the men in charge.
Additionally, sources tell Yahoo Sports 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. The Astros were not disciplined, according to sources. News: https://t.co/P1t6sqhoQc— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) October 17, 2018
The MLB declined to investigate their champs very thoroughly, but things could certainly be different this time around, with so many continued issues and corroborating sources.