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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Report: Investigation into Astros’ alleged cheating likely not completed until 2020

Major League Baseball is currently investigating the Houston Astros over 2017 cheating allegations, but it still has a long way to go.

According to The Athletic, MLB likely won’t finish its investigation into the Astros until the new year. That’s a pretty wide span of time — it could mean January 2020, it could mean April 2020, it could mean November 2020 — but it’s hard to imagine MLB starting the new season with this hanging over their head.

As for what’s taking them so long, commissioner Rob Manfred told the media on Wednesday that it’s the “most thorough investigation” the commissioner’s office has ever done, with 60 interviews already conducted and more to come. In addition to that, Manfred also said that they are looking through over 76,000 emails and instant messages related to the case.

An update, with aspects that aren’t surprising- perhaps the biggest news to me is at the end of this, in ways that may explain certain aspects of a certain major story during the World Series….

 

QLE Posted: December 12, 2019 at 12:39 AM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: astros, dirty rotten cheaters, investigation

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   1. Adam Starblind Posted: December 12, 2019 at 09:50 AM (#5908045)
MLB likely won’t finish its investigation into the Astros until the new year. That’s a pretty wide span of time — it could mean January 2020, it could mean April 2020, it could mean November 2020


Wait, wait, wait, I am going to need to see your calculations …
   2. Howie Menckel Posted: December 12, 2019 at 10:49 AM (#5908062)
a fitting tribute to the Black Sox scandal timeline
   3. The Duke Posted: December 12, 2019 at 04:00 PM (#5908270)
76000 emails and a similar amount of chats to review. The great thing about modern communications is that EVERYTHING is right there in writing. I had a boss who would only reply “yes”, “no” or “come up and see me”.
   4. The Yankee Clapper Posted: December 14, 2019 at 06:58 PM (#5908743)
Looks like MLB has the goods on the Astros, and the team may be a bit desperate:
The newest sticking point is an insistence out of Houston that the camera in question was already in place and not purchased/installed specifically for the purpose of stealing signs. It may seem a bizarre place to draw a line in the sand – and on its own hardly exculpatory – but the installation of equipment does affect the breadth of involvement necessary to put their sign-stealing process in place. At least one witness claimed that many teams use a similar camera for the decoding of signs. Said the witness, “All we asked for was a live feed.” [emphasis added]
The live feed is the line between what’s allowed and prohibited. Doubtful that invoking the Costanza Defense will work.
   5. Sunday silence Posted: December 15, 2019 at 10:36 AM (#5908780)
Why do you say that Clapper? I thought the dividing line was using ELECTRONIC means to decode. In which case allegedly many teams are over the line.
   6. The Yankee Clapper Posted: December 15, 2019 at 01:51 PM (#5908818)
Why do you say that Clapper? I thought the dividing line was using ELECTRONIC means to decode. In which case allegedly many teams are over the line.
I don’t think there is a problem with reviewing game tapes to see if pitchers are tipping or catchers have patterns with how they give signs. The opposing team can use video scouting to figure out that it’s the 1st sign when the catcher taps his right knee, the 2nd when he taps his left knee, the 3rd when he pats his chest protector, and the 4th when he adjusts his cup. They can then put that info to use in future games, they just can’t use a live feed to make it easy.

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