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Rob Manfred has a history of botching investigations

Back in 2012-13, long before the Houston Astros became known for banging garbage cans and avoiding significant punishment, Rob Manfred was in charge of a different, high-profile, baseball scandal. Manfred was just Major League Baseball's Chief Operating Officer back then, not the lofty Commissioner job he currently holds. The investigation, however, was every bit the train wreck of this Astros one, except it stemmed from MLB's overaggressive techniques and a drive for “justice” that st...
Tags: News, Mlb, Major League Baseball, Houston Astros, Rob Manfred, Manfred, Astros


Altuve booed, nicked by pitch in spring debut for Astros

Matthew Boyd struck out three Astros over two innings, allowing two hits and a walk. Overall the Tigers staff surrendered 14 hits. Detroit managed just four hits, only one for extra bases - a double by Troy Stokes, Jr. TWINS 3, RED SOX (SS) 2 Kenta Maeda made his first appearance in a Twins uniform, pitching two innings and allowing a leadoff home run to Andrew Benintendi.
Tags: News, Tigers, Detroit, Twins, Red Sox, Houston Astros, Astros, Kenta Maeda, Altuve, Matthew Boyd, Troy Stokes Jr TWINS


Altuve nicked by pitch, Astros stars booed on road vs Tigers

Altuve and fellow starters Alex Bregman, Carlos Correa and Yuli Gurriel all played for the first time in the exhibition season. After Houston opened the Grapefruit League in the stadium it shares with the World Series champion Washington Nationals, this was the first time the Astros were away from their complex - providing a taste of the reaction they might receive on the road this year. We were focused on playing baseball.
Tags: News, Tigers, Houston, Houston Astros, Washington Nationals, Astros, Altuve, Grapefruit League, Yuli Gurriel, Alex Bregman Carlos Correa


Astros' Carlos Correa on the negative fan reaction in spring training debut: 'I didn't hear anything'

For the first time since the Astros sign-stealing scandal broke, Houston infielders Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, Alex Bregman, and Yuli Gurriel took the field in spring training on Monday. As expected, they were showered by a bunch of 'boos' from the crowd. Correa was asked by Astros' beat reporter Chandler Rome about the reaction the players received, and the third baseman claimed he could not hear anything.
Tags: News, Houston, Houston Astros, Astros, Correa, Carlos Correa, Yuli Gurriel, José Altuve Carlos Correa Alex Bregman, Chandler Rome


Was Mark Teixeira's call-out of David Ortiz also a shot at Red Sox?

Who said the Boston Red Sox-New York Yankees rivalry is dead? Red Sox legend David Ortiz had some harsh remarks for Mike Fiers on Thursday, calling the former Astros pitcher a "snitch" for blowing the whistle on Houston's illegal sign-stealing operation after winning the 2017 World Series with the club. Not everyone agreed with Ortiz's take, though -- including former Yankees slugger and current ESPN analyst Mark Teixera, who sounded off on Big Papi during Monday's episode of "Get...
Tags: News, Espn, Houston, Boston Red Sox, Yankees, Red Sox, Ortiz, Astros, David Ortiz, Mark Teixeira, Mike Fiers, Big Papi, Boston Red Sox New York Yankees, Mark Teixera


Jose Altuvé loudly booed in his first spring training at bat

The Astros and sign-stealing has, quite obviously, been the story of the offseason. The basic news of the scandal has, quite understandably, led the headlines, but the response to the news on the part of Astros players and officials has managed to perpetuate it. What I originally figured would last only a few weeks before dying down has not, by any stretch of the imagination, died down.
Tags: News, Houston Astros, Astros, Jose Altuve


Can Players’ Bosses Control Cheating in Baseball? ‘It’s Tough’

After the Astros scandal, managers and general managers know that a similar scheme could jeopardize their jobs. They explained how they try to reinforce baseball’s rules.
Tags: News, Cheating, Brian, Baseball, Major League Baseball, Houston Astros, Jeff, Manfred, Astros, Avila, Cashman, Luhnow, Coaches and Managers, Robert D, Mike (1968-, Shildt


Astros stars sit again, Nats hoist World Series trophy

Away from their friendly cocoon, Alex Bregman and some of the bigger names on the Houston Astros are about to see — and hear — how fans really feel about what happened. Once again, the primary offenders were out of the Astros' lineup. “It seems like a bit of a cop out to me,” Nationals fan Josh Kohn said.
Tags: News, Nats, Houston Astros, Astros, Alex Bregman, Josh Kohn


Astros, Red Sox, Major League Baseball urge dismissal of sign-stealing lawsuit

The Houston Astros, the Boston Red Sox and Major League Baseball asked a U.S. judge to dismiss a proposed class-action lawsuit by DraftKings participants who said the teams' electronic sign-stealing distorted fantasy baseball contests they wagered on. "Plaintiffs got exactly what they bargained for: contests determined by baseball players' actual performance on the field," even if rules were broken, lawyers for Major League Baseball wrote, in an argument joined by the Astros and Red So...
Tags: News, Mlb, New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox, Major League Baseball, New York Jets, Red Sox, Houston Astros, Astros, Astros Red Sox Major League Baseball


He Let the Astros Players Slide. Now He’s Paying For It.

When baseball’s commissioner decided not to punish the players involved in a sign-stealing scandal, he brought the wrath of rival teams and fans down on himself.
Tags: News, Cheating, Baseball, Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros, Manfred, Astros, Robert D


Fans heckling Astros spring opener get signs stolen

Fans hoping to heckle the sign-stealing Houston Astros at their spring opener were met with quite the coincidence. They got their signs stolen. In the Astros' first spring training game since their sign-stealing scandal rocked baseball, some fans brought signs jeering Houston, and ballpark personnel confiscated them before the exhibition opener against the World Series champion Washington Nationals on Saturday night.
Tags: News, Washington, Houston, Houston Astros, Atlanta Braves, Astros


Astros greeted with boos in first spring training game

The Astros and Nationals share a spring training facility, so it was only natural that they would open Grapefruit League play together. The Astros were the home team. Teams typically include at least a few regulars in their spring training lineups as a courtesy to the fans, who are spending money to see big league players play baseball.
Tags: News, Houston Astros, Astros, Grapefruit League


The Trials of Rob Manfred

When baseball’s commissioner decided not to punish the players involved in the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal, he brought the wrath of rival teams and fans down on himself.
Tags: News, Cheating, Baseball, Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros, Rob Manfred, Manfred, Astros, Robert D


Mike Fiers told J.D. Martinez about Astros cheating before 2018 ALCS

November wasn't the first time A's pitcher Mike Fiers blew the whistle about the Houston Astros' sign-stealing nature. After the Astros won the 2017 World Series thanks to a lot of help from trash cans, they returned to the American League Championship Series to face the Boston Red Sox. But if the Astros still were cheating, it didn't matter because the Red Sox knew it was coming.
Tags: News, Boston Red Sox, Red Sox, Houston Astros, Astros, J D Martinez, Mike Fiers


Whistleblower Mike Fiers says he's received death threats since exposing Astros' sign-stealing scheme

Astros whistleblower Mike Fiers said Thursday he has received death threats since he exposed Houston's 2017 electronic sign-stealing scheme.         [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Usa, News, Houston, Usa Today, Astros, Mike Fiers


MLB 2020 odds and American League West win total predictions: What to do with the Astros?

AL WEST REGULAR SEASON WIN TOTALS HOUSTON ASTROS – O/U 94.5 Last season: Over 96.5 by 11 wins Where to even begin with the Astros? The banging scandal has rocked baseball to its core. The GM and head coach are fired.
Tags: News, Gm, Mlb, Houston, Houston Astros, Astros


Mike Fiers, the Astros whistleblower, says he's received death threats

Mike Fiers, the Major League Baseball pitcher who was the whistleblower in the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scheme, has said that he has received death threats.
Tags: Cnn, Major League Baseball, Houston Astros, Astros, Mike Fiers


J.D. Martinez shares new revelation about Astros sign-stealing in 2018 playoffs

Mike Fiers didn't blow the lid on the Houston Astros' sign-stealing operation until this year. But the Boston Red Sox knew what the Astros were up to entering the 2018 American League Championship Series -- thanks to a tip from Fiers. That's according to Red Sox designated hitter J.D. Martinez, who revealed Thursday that Fiers made him aware of the Astros' illegal sign-stealing system before the 2018 playoffs.
Tags: News, Boston Red Sox, Red Sox, Houston Astros, Astros, J D Martinez, Fiers, Mike Fiers


MLB was told about the Astros’ system years ago and did nothing

Yesterday he talked to the Boston media about his time in Oakland. Specifically, he talked about how, when he played there, he and the rest of the A's learned about the specifics of the Astros' sign-stealing scheme from teammate Mike Fiers, who was traded to Oakland in August of that season. According to Lucroy, the Athletics informed Major League Baseball about their experience with the Astros, but no investigation was started until Fiers went on the record with The Athletic in Novemb...
Tags: News, Boston, Mlb, Athletics, Oakland, Major League Baseball, Lucroy, Astros, Fiers, Mike Fiers


'SNITCH!': David Ortiz Tears Into MLB Whistleblower Who Exposed Houston Astros Cheating

Retired Red Sox icon David Ortiz slammed the whistleblower who exposed the cheating scheme used by the Houston Astros in 2017, when the team won the World Series. “I'm mad at this guy, the pitcher that came out talking about it,” Ortiz said on Thursday, referring to former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers. Fiers, who's now with the Oakland A's, detailed the sign-stealing scheme in the off-season, telling The Athletic that Astros personnel set up a video feed that focused on the opposing ...
Tags: News, Mlb, Oakland, Red Sox, Houston Astros, Ortiz, Astros, David Ortiz, Mike Fiers Fiers


Anthony Rizzo trolls Astros, makes prediction for post-cheating scandal

Anthony Rizzo's got jokes. Thursday, Rizzo poked fun at the Houston Astros cheating scandal. The Cubs first baseman posted on his Instagram story "I think it's safe to say I won't lead the league in hit by pitches this year..."
Tags: News, Instagram, Houston Astros, Cubs, Rizzo, Astros, Anthony Rizzo


Little League teams are dropping the Astros name in the wake of club's cheating scandal

The Houston Astros baseball cheating scandal may be a problem that stays in the Major Leagues, but the lesson is trickling down to local Little Leagues.
Tags: News, Stories, Little League, Houston Astros, Astros, Major Leagues


Opinion: Cheating makes the Astros, for better or worse, America's team

The Houston Astros are cheaters. That is the conclusion of an investigation by Major League Baseball: Its players had concocted a scheme to tip off its hitters in real time as to precisely which pitches they would be receiving from the opposing pitchers.
Tags: News, America, Stories, Major League Baseball, Houston Astros, Astros


Cheating makes the Astros, for better or worse, America's team

Our national pastime couldn't be more appropriately represented now than by a nationally loathed, orange-clad team that conned its way to a throne writes Lance Gould
Tags: America, Cnn, Astros


The Astros' cutthroat cheat code

The Houston Astros are cheaters. That is the conclusion of an investigation by Major League Baseball: Its players had concocted a scheme to tip off its hitters in real time as to precisely which pitches they would be receiving from the opposing pitchers.
Tags: News, Stories, Major League Baseball, Houston Astros, Astros


Opinion: The Astros' cutthroat cheat code

The Houston Astros are cheaters. That is the conclusion of an investigation by Major League Baseball: Its players had concocted a scheme to tip off its hitters in real time as to precisely which pitches they would be receiving from the opposing pitchers.
Tags: News, Stories, Major League Baseball, Houston Astros, Astros


David Ortiz calls ex-Astros pitcher Mike Fiers a 'snitch' for going public about sign-stealing

Legendary Red Sox slugger David Oritz takes issue with ex-Astros pitcher winning a World Series and waiting two years to expose sign-stealing scandal.         [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Usa, News, Usa Today, Red Sox, Astros, David Ortiz, Mike Fiers, David Oritz


Jim Crane thought the heat over sign-stealing would blow over by spring training

The Astros' sign-stealing story broke in November, a steady drumbeat of coverage of it lasted through December and into January, when Rob Manfred's report came out about it. The report was damning and, in its wake, Houston's manager and general manger were both suspended and then fired. After that a steady stream of media reports came out which not only made the whole affair seem even worse than Manfred's report suggested, but which also suggested that, on some level, Major L...
Tags: News, Mlb, Houston, Major League Baseball, Rob Manfred, Manfred, Astros, Jim Crane


New Red Sox catcher Jonathan Lucroy gives unique take on Astros' sign-stealing

Newly signed Boston Red Sox catcher Jonathan Lucroy had the unfortunate experience of seeing the Houston Astros' sign-stealing operation firsthand over the last three years. Major League Baseball handed down unprecedented punishments to the Astros in January after completing an investigation on Houston's in-depth system created to illegally steal signs from opponents. LIVE stream the Celtics all season and get the latest news and analysis on all of your teams from NBC Sports Boston by ...
Tags: News, Houston, Boston Red Sox, Major League Baseball, Houston Astros, Jonathan Lucroy, Celtics, Astros, New Red Sox, NBC Sports Boston


Brett Anderson offers hilarious reason why A's can't cheat like Astros

But if you're wondering if the A's might have a similar system to the one the Astros used, former Athletic Brett Anderson is here to pop your bubble. "I know the A's weren't cheating," Anderson told The Athletic. Because, one, I don't know if they could afford it.
Tags: News, Houston Astros, Anderson, Brett Anderson, Astros



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