Houston Astros Stealing Signs Scandal

Robb Tribble
January 18, 2020 - 8:12 pm

Houston Astros scandal is spiraling out of control as new information presents itself. The Astros used an elaborate system of cameras, monitors and trashcans as percussion instruments to steal the pitching signs of opponents. The league has suspended Houston General Manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch just an hour before the Astros fired them, two other MLB managers have lost their jobs, New York Mets manager Carlos Beltrán and Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora.



Robb Tribble and Harper Lebel talk about how this will affect the players going forward and share their thoughts on the scandal.

Tribble says, ‘Stealing signs in baseball has been around since the beginning of time... Certainly tried it, that’s using your wits but when it comes to technology … that’s pretty egregious.” CNN Bob Costas explains how deep this issue can go for the Houston Astros.  


Tribble believes once you use technology it is cheating and, nowadays, you must always be ahead of technology.

Harper Lebel combats this idea by comparing this scenario to robbing a bank, “You will do whatever it takes to get money and rob a bank … if you’re a banker, you’ve got problems if you’re not trying to stay a step ahead… You’re asking baseball to [say> we didn’t know they were using text messaging.”

With technology being a demand in the game such as, front facing camera, replays, ect. especially during bigger games, teams have more access to cameras. The issue then lies on relaying the information to the player. Harper believes the issue will come down to the players association and how they will protect themselves going forward.