Sign stealing: MLB to reportedly penalize Astros soon; Red Sox under investigation

HOUSTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 19: Manager AJ Hinch #14 of the Houston Astros celebrates with the trophy following his teams 6-4 win against the New York Yankees in game six of the American League Championship Series at Minute Maid Park on October 19, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) (KPRC)

HOUSTON – Major League Baseball announced it’s investigating a second team, the Boston Red Sox, in connection with allegations of sign stealing after the Houston Astros came under fire last year.

The Athletic reported last month that the Houston Astros allegedly stole signs during home games of their 2017 World Series championship season by using a camera positioned in center field. The same publication has now reported that three anonymous sources said some Red Sox players visited the replay room during games to get information on sign sequences.

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MLB is expected to handout significant punishment to the Astros within the next two weeks with regards to the allegations of illegal sign-stealing through use of electronic equipment, according to a Tuesday report from ESPN.

According to the report, through the league’s investigation, there are witnesses admitting the Astros used a system to relay pitch types to batters before they were thrown.

Commissioner Rob Manfred is said to be deciding on the severity of the punishment for the organization. The discipline is expected to center around manager A. J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow along with other members of the Astros front office.

Houston is expected to be hit with a very large fine, as well.

The league issued a memo to all teams during the 2017 season indicating significant punishment for teams that use technology that outside of stated rules.