There were several stories written in New York's media outlets that The Yankees were angry with whistling coming from the Astros dugout, so while banging pipes in Game 1 of the ALCS, they were spying on the Yankees or picking up pitches on TV monitors.
"In reality, it's a joke, 'Astros manager AJ Hinch said. "Major League Baseball does a lot to ensure the fairness of the game. There are people everywhere. If you go through the dugouts and the clubs and the hallways, there's so many people around that are doing this.
"And then I got some questions about whistling, it made me laugh because it's ridiculous.
"So to me, I understand the gamesmanship.
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If the Yankees really believe that the Astros are cheating, Hinch says, then do not hide behind anonymous quotes.
"The problem I have is when other People take shots at the outside of this competition, '' Hinch said. "When you guys ask me this question, my face, my name is by my quotes" But we have people that are unnamed, or you guys have sources that are giving you information. If you're so passionate about it to my team or my players. …
'Yankee Stadium is unfortunate.' '
Besides, Hinch says, "If the Astros are cheating, they sure did a pretty lousy job of it, considering they were shut out in Game 1.
"You guys have audio, video, people in places and nothing," "Hinch said," and there's no evidence of anything. Nothing bad is going on. ''
Now, if you want to accuse the astronomers of picking up these pitchers are tipping their pitches, feel free.
You do not think the Yankees do the same thing?
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Certainly , the Astros' home-road splits have helped create the paranoia. Maid Park this season, and are 4-1 at home in the postseason, compared to a 47-34 road record in the regular season, and 1-2 in the postseason
"It sucks for our players," Astros pitcher Justin Verlander said, "because those guys are so talented. And I do not think anything should be taken away from what they're capable of accomplishing. And so in that aspect, it's disappointing.
"But I think we know what's going on there. Look at what we're getting accused of. How many runs did we score in that first game? But I understand where the paranoia comes from. We have it. I have it. ''
Yes, the Astros also have the same suspensions about the Yankees.
"As far as tipping and signs, I'll use multiple signs here," said Verlander, who is scheduled to start Game 5 on Friday. "There's just so many cameras and there's so much video now, it just kind of evolved a few years ago."
"You've got teams studying what you're doing." to be kind of a gamesmanship thing, runner gets on second base and if he's ready to decipher his signs he's on second base, that's OK, good for you.
"But if you're pre-studying them or having them some person study them before you even get out there, and all of a sudden you take the field and the team already knows what you're using. ''
And the same, Verlander says , goes for tipping pitches.
"There's so much video, there's so much analysis," Verlander said. "We use the analysis to study our mechanics if you're tipping pitches, you were bad, and seeing if anything is different astball versus slider, fastball versus screwball, whatever.
"So it's something with what's out there, you just have to be diligent about it and pay attention and try to do the best you can . ''
If nothing else, a little paranoia can work in a team's favor, the Astros are in the Yankees' heads. Still, Verlander says, it's crazy to believe anyone can steal a video since it's delayed by at least eight seconds in every clubhouse.
"I think MLB has done an incredible job this year. There's someone in the video room every game of the season, somebody is there full-time. You're not allowed to have a live broadcast anywhere in the stadium that the players have access to; they check all that.
"They did what I think is the best thing you can do to resolve any issue, paranoia teams have. Obviously, it did not resolve the paranoia. It's still out there for every team. ''
And higher than ever.
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