In 2017, the Houston Astros were accused of cheating by using technology to spy on the pitcher of the opposing teams in the playoff games. Further to that allegation is they banged signals on garbage cans to alert their batter of what pitch was coming once they stole the pitcher’s signs. It is further alleged this cheating continued into the 2018 regular game season as well. Add to that, in the 2018 post season, Jim Crane, owner of the Astros, was seen pointing his cell phone into the dugout of the Cleveland Indians and then texting. What’s up with that, people wonder? In a bizarre twist of a seemingly ludicrous explanation, the Astros claimed he was surveilling the opposing team to make sure they weren’t cheating! Trevor Bauer of the Indians had been suspecting for a few years the Astros were cheaters.
No one knows for certain whether the Indians would have defeated the Astros in 2017. It also begs the question, were they cheated out of the $1 million payout they would have gotten if they had even won at least one of the post season games? Further to that question, did the Astros cheat in the 2017 World Series against the L.A. Dodgers using the same technique, and should the Astros forfeit their 2017 World Series title? MLB concluded that cheating had in fact occurred and suspended the Astros General Manager, Jeff Luhnow, and Manager, A.J. Hitch, for one year and fined the Astros $5 million. The 2017 World Series title the Astros received for defeating the L.A. Dodgers, however, remains in place.