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Wednesday, August 24, 2022

The Athletic: Inside MLB’s Astros cheating investigation: GM Jeff Luhnow deleted phone data [$]

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While the exact message Luhnow told Firkus to deliver, and the message delivered, remain unknown, in the end, MLB believes it found only one person who had deleted material off their phone after the time when the league had instructed Astros to preserve their phones, a person with knowledge of the investigation said: Luhnow himself.

In a letter dated Jan. 2, 2020, Manfred outlined evidence the league had compiled against Luhnow. Many, but not all of the specific allegations included in the letter, were first published in the Wall Street Journal. Luhnow’s phone deletion was not among those previously published.

“Your credibility is further impacted by the fact that you permanently deleted information from your phone and its backups in anticipation that my investigators would seek to search your phone,” Manfred wrote to Luhnow. “You did not tell my investigators that you had done this until they confronted you about it in your second interview. While you explained that you were simply deleting sensitive personal photographs, I have no way to confirm that you did not delete incriminating evidence.”

According to people with knowledge of the league’s investigation, the GM of the Astros had wiped every back-up from his phone, besides one, and other data was missing as well.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 24, 2022 at 09:23 AM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: astros, jeff luhnow, sign-stealing

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   1. The Duke Posted: August 24, 2022 at 10:00 PM (#6093118)
The first question I have is: whose phone is it ? There are three major hybrids I am aware of :

1. Company provided cell
2. Personal cell used for company purposes and unmonitored
3. Personal cell used for company purposes with all kinds of tracking and

If it's a company asset then what he did was stupid in two ways: using it for company biz and then deleting stuff

It sounds like it was a personal phone in some ways (texts and emails were on company's servers ) and a personal phone in other ways (not backed up by company).

I'm guessing it was a personal phone in which case he has every right to "clean" it before letting a bunch of busy bodies look at his intimate details.

Btw if you are in version 2, it's basically a company phone and you should treat it as such. That's the world I lived in and I got a second phone which i used privately and for any company business I wanted to keep away from my security overlords

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