HOUSTON – Of the many ways in which the Houston Astros could excuse themselves from punishment, punishment or even a reprimand for providing a man to illegally monitor the shelters of two playoff opponents with a cell phone, they did Chris Correa defense. Correa is the former Boy Scout Director of St. Louis Cardinals, who went to federal prison after regularly accessing an Astros database of scouting information and trade talks. His apology: he believed that the former Cardinal employees who ran the Astros had stolen copyrighted material and wanted to prove it. In other words, he made sure the Astros did nothing wrong.
Major League Baseball cleared the Astros on Wednesday after Yahoo Sports and the Metro newspaper had reported this to Kyle McLaughlin, a man with Astros owner Jim Crane, during the game 3 of the American League Division Series and in Boston during the match 1 of the AL Championship Series from the Cleveland Photographers' Well. Houston claimed that it instructed McLaughlin to monitor the enemy shelters to ensure that their opponents did not use illegal tactics to steal the signs of the Astros. In other words, the Astros made sure the Indians and Red Sox did nothing wrong.
"We played defense," said Astros president of baseball operations, Jeff Luhnow. "We have not played insults, we want to make sure it's a well-balanced playing field."
The league Houston offered the free ticket angered baseball executives, and Yahoo Sports tried to understand the reasons. If the Astros were to oversee the dugout of another team in the game without penalty, they wondered if each team should not do the same? If the Astros were so concerned about the vengeance of their opponents, another one said why did they send a child in his early 20s whose role with the team is opaque and did not simply request MLB to send a security expert to the shelter of the same location to check and make sure everything is overboard? First of all, considering the explanation of the Astros for the use of McLaughlin, there is a rule that prohibits in-game technology from stealing characters. Why is a team allowed to use in-game technology to investigate if their opponent steals illegally?
These are tough questions for MLB and they are the ones who want to postpone the league until the postseason so their postseason will be followed up on questions about defending the tactics of the World Series champions. We are sorry. That the Pandora's box is wide open and the reasoning the league used to validate its decision does not exclude the Astros.
The number of complaints the MLB has heard from teams in this postseason shows that this problem goes much deeper than the use of McLaughlin by the Astros. Early in the Red Sox Division Series against the New York Yankees, MLB was warned against an illegal coach on one of the team's benches, sources that are familiar with the incident said Yahoo Sports. He was asked to leave the shelter. The Los Angeles Dodgers and Colorado Rockies' division series, said Yahoo Sports, had several allegations of deception, with concerns from someone signaling battles from midfield and others in which signals were routed to a third base coach from the tunnel
The murmuring among teams is now widespread in baseball, as technology allows teams to theoretically test traitor qualities that were unimaginable a decade ago. Only last year, the MLB beat the Red Sox for using an Apple Watch as part of a Yankee-based character theft program. Players around the game are constantly discussing ways in which they believe other teams steal signs, an art that has long been reserved for players with keen eyes. Now, players are afraid, secret cameras will be used to channel videos of catcher signals into secret video rooms, where teams will decrypt them with an algorithm, forward them to the dungeon in real time, and hand them over to the players on the plate codewords or other methods of delivery.
John le Carré, meeting Major League Baseball.
Such paranoia informs the actions of teams, including the Astros. Clearly punishing the Red Sox for using the Apple Watch did not satisfy the Astros, who, as Luhnow said, were forced to use a body man in every street town to investigate opponents.
"There were several cases in which we were suspicious of activity," he said, though he would not identify the activity or the perpetrators. In a late August series against the Astros, the Oakland A & # 39; s believed they had caught Houston from the dugout with the help of clapping to broadcast signals to the field. While Luhnow told reporters he had "personally [accusations against the Astros] heard of it," sources said MLB appealed to the Astros over Oakland's allegations. Also in this case no penalty was imposed.
What Luhnov essentially says: She hates us, because she is not us. "What happens when a team succeeds," he said, "will be many other people who look at them and find out what makes their success." Not because the Astros have essentially replaced their scouting staff with cameras. Or because ex-Astros have told his teammates how skillful the team is to get the signs of their opponents. No. Just because they are good.
Considering the hubris needed to act Roberto Osuna during a suspension of domestic violence, claiming that they have a zero tolerance policy as a domestic violence organization, the Astros are sending McLaughlin for a snoop The Red Sox dugout after being removed from safety in Cleveland was on-mark. MLB's pardon provided ample cover for the Astros to deny any wrongdoing, and in the eyes of the Commissioner, they are free and clear.
The rest of the baseball is always careful. To liberate baseball's spy games, officials suggested the league must hatch a plan before the next season with harsh penalties for those using the technique to influence game play. Because secure wireless communication is possible between the pitcher, catcher and dug-outs, MLB has found a way to limit physical signs-limiting sign-stealing-and keep teams from using technology to their advantage. When it helps to eliminate the excess of outdated balls and wild pitches, this postseason is traced back to crosses of missed characters as teams try to prevent them from being stolen, so much the better.
"I hope that we can get past this topic," Luhnow said, a wishful thinking, even as the Astros face elimination with a three-game-to-one ALCS deficit to the Red Sox. It's too widespread, too prevalent, too important for baseball to avoid the condemnation of fans. The participation has already expired. Already there are concerns about the competitive balance. The severity of the unintended consequences of the technology can not be underestimated, and whatever MLB has allowed to think about the issues that have not been answered by the relief provided by the Astros needs to be addressed.
Right now, Red Sox manager Alex Cora said: You do not want to interfere with the paranoia. "He knows better, of course, but it's too late, Pandora's box is open, the black helicopters hover over Major League Baseball, and they will not disappear soon.
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