The Houston Astros are currently in some muddy water, as a bombshell report posited that they had previously used technology in an attempt to steal signs during their championship run in 2017. But did the artificial advantage end that season when the confetti fell in Los Angeles? Based on some pretty damning video evidence from a 2019 matchup against Jonathan Loaisiga and the New York Yankees, it appears as if Yuli Gurriel and the Astros knew exactly what was coming.
It sure looks like three loud bangs is the universal Astros code for a changeup.
There is nothing wrong with stealing signs to gain a competitive advantage if done in a totally legal way, like picking up on a pitcher tipping pitches. However, the use of technology to do so is as illegal as it gets, and the Astros should be swiftly and severely punished if the league wants to get serious.
The fallout and ramifications from Spygate: baseball edition are far from being done, and the Astros could find their chances of competing in the AL severely hampered if more accusations of cheating come to light.