On Tuesday, The Athletic published a bombshell report alleging that the Houston Astros in 2017, when they ultimately won the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers in seven games. Former Astros hurler and current Oakland Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers, along with three other players, went on the record to expose what they believe Houston was doing during that championship season. They claim Houston used a camera in center field to steal signs and would communicate to the hitter what pitch to expect.
Upon hearing the news, MLB players could not help but react. Some took to social media to give their responses to the breaking news.
The first players we all wanted to hear from were members of the New York Yankees, who lost to this alleged cheating team in Game 7 of the ALCS, and the Dodgers, who were defeated by Houston in Game 7 of the World Series, in 2017.
Yankees star Aaron Judge gave a "Wait... What...?" response that summed up how a lot of people were feeling after hearing the news. Astros star Jose Altuve beat Judge out to win the AL MVP Award in 2017.
His teammate, Yankees pitcher Luis Severino, used emojis when words failed. He gave it two angry faces.
😡😡— Luis Severino (@LuisSeverino94) November 13, 2019
Yu Darvish, who was a member of the Dodgers' team that lost the World Series to the Astros in 2017, wants people to know he isn't using these allegations as an excuse for his poor performances. In pitching 3 1/3 innings through two starts for Los Angeles in that series, he allowed eight runs and the Dodgers took home losses in both of those games.
People online apologized for blaming him for the World Series loss two years ago, but he said that blame should still be on him because he "sucked."
Please don't say that.— ダルビッシュ有(Yu Darvish) (@faridyu) November 12, 2019
I sucked. That'p it.
Still me.— ダルビッシュ有(Yu Darvish) (@faridyu) November 12, 2019
Trevor Plouffe, a free agent third baseman, was also not the least bit shocked at the allegations.
Why are the pitch stealing allegations a surprise to anyone?? Do you know the stakes involved? That’s why guys still get popped for PEDs. The reward outweighs the risk for many. That goes for organizations and players.— Trevor Plouffe (@trevorplouffe) November 13, 2019
He also posted a video giving pitchers and catchers tips on how not to get their signs stolen. Plouffe believes this is something that has been going on in the MLB for years.
In the article about the Astros stealing signs, they forgot to mention the bullpen catcher also relaying in signs for specific batters specific ways. Astros went to extreme measures, undoubtedly still do, and it’s paid off for them.— Carson Smith (@Carson_Smith39) November 12, 2019
The Astros were accused ofduring ALCS at Fenway Park in 2018.
Cincinnati Reds pitcher Kevin Gausman speculates that 2017 is not the only year this occurred.
The MLB has yet to announce any punishment for the Astros but are investigating the matter.