HOUSTON – Major League Baseball has cleared the Houston Astros of any illegal activity on Wednesday, but has ordered them to stop monitoring teams suspected of fraud by: they use electronic devices to steal signs.
Astros CEO Jeff Luhnow vehemently denied any wrongdoing in an impromptu press conference, saying that the Astros never used illegal surveillance to steal characters, only to see if their opponents cheated According to Luhn ow, the team had reported several incidents in the MLB office last season.
"We played defense, we did not play insults," said Luhnow. "We wanted to make sure it was a fair game Take a look around to make sure nothing's suspicious is going on, we want to make sure our signs are not stolen." "So we're doing it in every stadium, in that we go. We send somebody from the party to go to the center Another field that might be suspicious, or a particular monitor, I'm sure other clubs will do that, but we're just trying to protect ourselves as much as we can ,
"There have been several incidents in which we've identified suspicious activity, and we reported it to MLB, we've investigated it ourselves in some cases, it's out there, I'm not going to talk about which teams.  "I feel as if it's been a part of the game for a long time, a fabric of the game I believe that technology (is) allows for opportunities for communication and real-time information capture capabilities that are not available to teams five, ten years ago were. So we all learn how to operate in this new world and MLB learns how to make sure there are rules.
The Astros used an employee In the first three innings of the American League Championship Series Game 1 at Fenway Park, you monitor the Boston Red Sox Dugout with a cell phone camera from the first-base photographer, the Red Sox Security, which has received a tip from the Cleveland Indians – identified as Kyle McLaughlin of Yahoo Sports – would attempt to steal shields, escorted him out McLaughlin, who is listed by the Astros as a social media employee, extinguished it from his biography late Tuesday night after Boston Metro reported the incident.
A second incident was reported by the area in the third inning reported to the Indians during the AL Division Series, according to Cleveland.com.
Luhnow said the Astros used an intern, a college student t, to check opposing teams to make sure it was k there was an illegal activity. The intern took photos of the Indians' Cot and back at Fenway Park when the intern was removed from the game by Red Sox Security.
The commissioner's office examined the two incidents and concluded that the Astros were only vigilant, (19659006) "A thorough investigation revealed that an Astros employee was overseeing the field to ensure that the opposing club did not Rules violated, "said the MLB on Wednesday in a statement Playoffs were instructed to refrain from this type of effort and to address complaints against violations of stadium rules to MLB staff for investigation and resolution.
"We consider the matter closed.
" Before the start of the postseason, a The number of clubs that had called the Commissioner's Office was related to the stealing of characters and the improper use of video equipment, "he said the MLB in its statement. "The concerns expressed concern a number of clubs, not a particular club. In response to these calls, the commissioner's office reaffirmed the existing rules at all playoff clubs and took proactive measures, including the introduction of a new ban on the use of certain cameras in the stadium, increasing the presence of staff and security personnel from Major League Baseball all postseason games and the setting up of a club video room monitoring program. "
Luhnow denies the accusations of other clubs and insists it's simply jealousy after the Astros won the 2017 World Series and now try to repeat themselves in the ALCS. " I think what happens if a team succeeds, "said Luhnow," people look at them and try to figure out what makes their success. Our success is based on our great star rotation, our great bullpen and our great lineup. We understand the rules of Major League Baseball regarding the theft of characters very well. We stick to it. We have stuck to it. We plan to stick to it.
"We have a great organization, we've done things right, we'll keep doing things right."
Follow Nightengale on Twitter @Bightengale
last slidenext slide