Dombrowski told reporters he agreed that the man in the camera well was not stealing signs, but he did not appreciate that the Red Sox were accused of cheating by the Astros during MLB's investigation.
After MLB says it investigated two incidents involving someone with the team using a cellphone to take photographs of the visiting dugouts in Cleveland and Boston during games this October.
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 objective was merely to ensure that they. He said he was making sure the Red Sox weren't trying to steal signs.
In 2017, an Major League Baseball investigation concluded that the Red Sox orchestrated a scheme to illicitly steal opponents' catchers hand signals during games with the help of an Apple Watch.
MLB's statement confirms McLaughlin, the Astros employee, was monitoring the other team's dugout to ensure they were not violating any rules. 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.
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A request for comment was also made to the Cleveland Indians organization. Passan adds that some clubs are "wary" that Houston may utilize its Edgertronic ballpark cameras, which can record 2,000 frames per second, in sign-stealing schemes. The man's credential was requested by Houston, according to the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.
"The competitive edges nowadays are so narrow".
The Astros trail the Red Sox 2-1 in their best-of-7 ALCS.
"With respect to both incidents regarding a Houston Astros employee, security identified an issue, addressed it and turned the matter over to the Department of Investigations".
Passan writes that the league has not punished the Astros for any illegal behavior following the investigation. "It's unclear as to whether or not that warning came from Major League Baseball or the Red Sox". "And we don't get caught up on the whole paranoia thing of the signs", he said.