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Major League Baseball investigates suspected Astros cheating in ALCS Game 1

18 October 2018

The Houston Astros on Wednesday acknowledged a longstanding practice of having a team employee surveil the opposing team's dugout during road games, but said the goal was merely to ensure that they. "We consider the matter closed". He was in possession of a small camera and had been texting regularly while near the dugout. In response to these calls, the Commissioner's Office reinforced the existing rules with all playoff Clubs and undertook proactive measures, including instituting a new prohibition on the use of certain in-stadium cameras, increasing the presence of operations and security personnel from Major League Baseball at all Postseason games and instituting a program of monitoring Club video rooms. Picard's initial report even indicates that McLaughlin wasn't removed from the stadium - only the media area in which he'd been set up.

After the Indians lost the American League Division Series to the Astros in a three-game sweep last week, Cleveland said a man was seen with a cellphone standing by the photographer's pit at Progressive Field, the Indians' home park, October 8. 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.

The Red Sox were reportedly given a heads up about Houston by the Cleveland Indians after they had a similar situation with the Astros in the ALDS.

Major League Baseball has closed its investigation into cheating allegations against the Astros in the American League Division Series with the Indians.

"I don't like the implication that the Boston Red Sox were doing anything illegal", Dombrowski said.

"I'm always concerned about [sign-stealing] throughout the season", Cora said after the game.

"I'm aware of something going on, but I haven't been briefed", Hinch said.

Sign-stealing has been an issue all series. "If we feel there's something going on we switch the signs".

The statement says their thorough investigation showed the person who was watching the Indians' dugout was just making sure Cleveland was not cheating.

According to the New York Post, the Astros had an employee monitoring the Red Sox's dugout in Game 1 to see if they were illegally using a video monitor. Hoynes notes in his column that Cleveland worked so diligently to protect its signs in the weeks leading up to the ALDS that the efforts "bordered on paranoia".

Major League Baseball investigates suspected Astros cheating in ALCS Game 1