The article cited four people who were with the Astros in 2017, but only Fiers was willing to be quoted by name. "It's easy to blame someone when they win".
Essentially, the Astros used a TV monitor with a feed from a center field camera near the dugout steps. Players and team employees would look at the monitor and when they figured out what pitch was coming, they would relay it by banging on a trash can. "It would not be appropriate to comment further on this matter at this time". In a statement made today, he implied that he did not believe that Yu Darvish tipped his pitches in the World Series - instead, he implied that there was most likely some external force that influenced Darvish's bad displays in Game 3 and Game 7. Major League Baseball rules prohibit clubs from using electronic equipment to steal catchers' signs and convey information.
'I don't think they're tied together, but they obviously have come one after another it seems like the last few weeks, ' Luhnow said.
The league did fine the Red Sox during the 2017 season for illegal use of an Apple Watch in their home dugout, though there have not been any other publicized instances of league-issued discipline regarding technology-driven sign stealing.
One important note, per The Athletic's story, is that the Astros stand accused of this sign-stealing scheme during the regular season, but there is debate whether it continued into the postseason. "As a result of those concerns, and after receiving extensive input from the General Managers, we issued a revised policy on sign stealing prior to the 2019 season". Several accusations, some involving the Astros, have been made against clubs in recent years. If a team figures out another team's signs through old-fashioned methods, that's OK by the league. Taubman was the Astros exec fired in October after taunting a reporter in regards to closer Roberto Osuna, who was arrested in 2018 for domestic violence.
Major League Baseball has not publicly addressed any wrongdoing found in past investigations into the Astros. "I'm not going to get into exactly what I knew or anybody knew at this point". The reason we won the World Series in 2017 [was] Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman and Justin Verlander, and we have a lot of great players. We all agree to follow them and if you don't there's ramifications to that.