After the mistakes and media fiascos the Houston Astros have suffered through over the last few years, they will finally pay the price.
Former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers was part of a major revelation alleging the team electronically stole signs as early as their World Series-winning 2017 season.
The Astros reportedly used a pitcher and a coach to set up a camera in center field so they could observe the opposing catcher's signs. Houston would watch on a monitor in their dugout, then signal to the hitters by clanking a garbage can.
Fiers, who pitched with the Astros from 2015-2017, signed with the Detroit Tigers before the 2018 season, and has been with the Oakland Athletics since the middle of last year. Fiers told The Athletic that he left Houston and warned his later ballclubs about the cheating infractions so they could better prepare to play against the Astros.
Fiers was one of multiple sources in the article to say the Astros began their sign-stealing system because other clubs had done so, but took it a step further. However, he then went on to criticize the club, saying, "That's not playing the game the right way."
The Astros have just been asking for this to happen.
In the last couple of years, their first baseman made a racist gesture in the World Series but had his suspension pushed back to the next year. They've been accused of stealing signs. They traded for a player accused of domestic violence, and their general manager later rubbed that in the faces of female reporters.
Karma just came and hit the Astros hard.