The Houston Astros are under Major League Baseball’s microscope following The Athletic’s bombshell report that they stole signs via an electronic cameras during the 2017 season. Videos have been released of the Astros supposedly banging on a garbage can to let their batter no if a off-speed pitch is heading their way. Now, YouTube user B27, aka Rafael Garcia, released a video of Houston apparently using two distinct whistling techniques during Game 5 of the 2017 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers to let batters know if a fastball or off-speed pitch is being thrown.
If this thing is legit and not doctored in any way — we want to believe it’s legit, but it’s not the easiest thing to determine — it only adds to the controversy surrounding an Astros organization hurtling towards meltdown mode.
Prior to the release of The Athletic report, the New York Yankees accused the Astros of stealing signs in this past season’s ALCS after hearing whistling coming from their dugout.
This video only adds more fuel to the fire.
Commissioner Rob Manfred said on Thursday that the league will be investigating not only the 2017 season, but the Astros’ 2018 and 2019 campaigns as well in order to determine the severity of their punishment.
The cloud above the Houston Astros grows larger with each passing day — and with each new video. This thing is FAR from over.