During ALCS Game 3 on Tuesday, an exclusive report by the Boston Metro Times revealed that security at Fenway Park removed a man who claimed to be an Astros employee from an area designated for credentialed media next to the Red Sox' dugout during the third inning of Game 1.
Major League Baseball acknowledged Tuesday night that it had investigated an incident Sunday, in which an Astros employee in the media camera well adjacent to the Red Sox dugout in ALCS Game 2 at Fenway Park reportedly was aiming a camera into the home dugout, The Washington Post reported.
A thorough investigation concluded that an Astros employee was monitoring the field to ensure that the opposing Club was not violating any rules. That probe actually revealed that McLaughlin was trying to determine whether the Red Sox themselves were illegally using video monitors to steal signs from the Astros.
Yahoo reported Oakland's players believed Astros players were relaying stolen signs during games and the team asked for an investigation.
Dave Dombrowski doesn't think MLB's investigation into the Astros has been closed. "We consider the matter closed". McLaughlin was removed by security in Cleveland and Boston, according to the report.
The defending champions came under scrutiny after Cleveland filed a complaint about a man associated with Houston attempting to photograph or video the Indians' dugout last week.
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Stealing signs is nothing new in baseball.
Houston manager AJ Hinch and Red Sox manager Alex Cora both said after Boston's 8-2 win Tuesday night in Houston they had heard about the alleged incident. The man, who did not have a credential, had a small camera and was texting frequently.
On Wednesday, MLB released a statement saying the league was alerted to possible sign stealing schemes and other improper use of video equipment prior to the postseason, and thus implemented additional security measures.
If anything, the series of reports serves as a reminder and/or an eye-opener that most, if not all teams throughout the league are willing to push the boundaries and utilize technology in an effort to gain a competitive edge.
Cora said the situation is something for Major League Baseball to handle.
So it's really not surprising at all that he reacted the way he did when former teammate Jackie Bradley Jr. blew Game 3 open for the Red Sox with an eighth-inning grand slam.