Astros Stars Wore Devices Under Uniform To Cheat?
Did Astros stars wear devices under their uniforms to cheat?
That is the question many are asking following reports that second baseman Jose Altuve and third basemen Alex Bregman did precisely that.
On Wednesday, a Twitter user claiming to be Carlos Beltran’s niece accurately predicted that the New York Mets skipper would step down from his post.
Surely enough, that is exactly what happened on Thursday.
Twenty four hours later, the Twitter account in question is back with another damning claim: Houston stars wore “devices that buzzed” on their inside right shoulders.
The devices were allegedly permitting them to communicate with a “hallway video guy.”
Beltran’s niece tweeting about the buzzers, which matches up with what Ive been told from about 5 different parties. pic.twitter.com/zla70bW0Wu
— Jomboy (@Jomboy_) January 16, 2020
ESPN MLB insider Marly Rivera did a deep dive into the Twitter account in question and reports that it does not belong to a member of Beltran’s family. Whether that is true not is debatable, but it is undeniable that the account has built up a certain amount of credibility.
Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer later noted that he heard similar accusations “from multiple parties too.”
Video from Game 6 of the 2019 ALCS shows Altuve reacting bizarrely after hitting a series-clinching homer. In the clip, he appears to hold on to his jersey tightly and order his teammates not to tear it.
When asked about that at the time, he insisted it was because he was “shy.”
On Thursday afternoon, the league came out and said that it had explored accusations of Astros players wearing devices during games.
“MLB explored wearable devices during the investigation but found no evidence to substantiate it,” the commissioner’s office said in a statement.
That said, given Houston’s track record up to this point, it is understandable why most would not want to give them the benefit of the doubt.