In the fallout of MLB's sign-stealing scandal, social media detectives are combing through every at-bat of the Houston Astros' 2017 and 2019 World Series runs. Some of this evidence may be circumstantial, but they do raise legitimate questions that have yet to be answered. While it doesn't rank up there with Jose Altuve's odd decision to urge his Astros' teammates not to rip his shirt off after his game-winning homer in the 2017 ALCS, what exactly flew off Robinson Chirinos bat here?
The truth of the matter is that we have no idea. Could it be a buzzer? Absolutely. Could it be literally anything else? Sure!
The interest here is why Chirinos leaned down to pocket whatever had fallen off his bat. Were it just a piece of trash or some pine tar, he likely would've left it in the dirt. Yet, this object had some unusual level of importance.
Nonetheless, we need to state the obvious here, which is that MLB found no evidence of on-field buzzers, despite the rumors which have been flying around of late.
That sure looks like tape to my untrained eye.