Major League Baseball reviewed report of Astros possibly cheating

Ruben Holloway
October 18, 2018

Their team was about to pick up a win over the Astros at Minute Maid Park - no easy task, as the Astros were 9-1 in their last 10 postseason games at home.

An unidentified man, who had been issued a credential before the October 8 game in Cleveland, was removed from an area near Boston's dugout for taking photos during Game 1 of the ALCS on Saturday, according to a report by Metro Boston and Yahoo Sports. Sports as a man named Kyle McLaughlin (who isn't listed on the Astros staff but has been seen in an Astros ID badge), and asked him to leave the area.

In the third inning, security confronted the man, who did not have a credential for that area. Back in 2015, the Royals believed the Blue Jays were stealing signs during the 2015 ALCS (to say nothing of the infamous "man in white" conspiracy in Toronto a few years prior).

However, a league source said Tuesday night that the investigation concluded the Astros employee was not trying to steal signs, but was acting on suspicions the Red Sox had been stealing Astros signs, and was there to try to catch them in the act.

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The Red Sox lost Game 1, but have bounced back to win two straight to take a 2-1 series lead going into Game 4.

The Indians filed a complaint following Game 3 of the AL Division Series after the employee was observed aiming his phone into their dugout and taking pictures or video.

Cora said he has been concerned throughout the season about Red Sox signs being stolen. Major League Baseball found that the employee was monitoring the Red Sox dugout to see if Boston was improperly using a video monitor. "I'm anxious about the game".

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"I don't think that person was per se stealing signs", he said.

Per the report by Boston Metro's Danny Picard, the man had a small camera, and was "texting frequently" from near the Red Sox bullpen.

McLaughlin is not listed as an Astros employee, but is reportedly connected with team owner Jim Crane. He stood out because he was wearing a suit jacket in a restricted area reserved for photographers, a member of the team's social media department and where TV reporters are permitted to stand, one of the sources said.

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According to Yahoo Sports, the Athletics also were suspicious of the Astros in August.

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