The Astros were punished for sign-stealing that happened in 2017, but there are still lingering questions about 2019 too.
Quite a few players around Major League Baseball have accused Houston of cheating last season, when AJ Hinch’s team fell at the final hurdle to the Nationals in the World Series. Suspicious video from last year’s ALCS have led some to believe that the Astros were using buzzers to steal signs.
Yankees infielder Gleyber Torres joined in on those accusations on Monday. Speaking to reporters from spring training in Tampa, Florida, Torres was asked if he thinks the Astros were cheating in 2019 as well.
Out of all the teams in the league, the Yankees might have the best case to be angry at Houston. In 2017, the year Houston was found to have utilized an electronic sign-stealing system, New York lost to the Astros in a seven-game ALCS. Torres is accusing them of cheating in 2019 too, when they again defeated the Yankees in ALCS.
"I got a really good relationship with Altuve. For me, it's hard to see that. But I don't want to say anything exactly against Altuve. To me, he's one of the best players in MLB, so I feel really bad. Altuve is truly a good guy and humble, but not respecting the game, I don't like that."
Aaron Boone continues to be understanding about his players venting their frustrations with the scandal surrounding the Astros.
“I think it’s important for them to say whatever they need to say on the matter,” said Boone. “If they want to talk about it, or not, I’m respectful of that and encourage that. But there will be a time also, as a club, when it’ll be time to stop talking about it and lock in the important business we have in front of us in 2020.”
Boone also added that he the Yankees would not be retaliating against the Astros by purposely hitting their batters.