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The Houston Astros are embroiled in scandal, dating back to when Oakland Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers revealed that his former team used a centerfield camera to help steal signs during their 2017 World Series-winning season.
However, there appears to be even more. According to tweets from somebody purporting to be related to former player Carlos Beltran, players allegedly wore buzzers under their uniforms during games to inform them of what pitches were coming during their at-bats.
Houston Astros...ya’ll had buzzers under your jerseys too?? pic.twitter.com/Fgyb0DqLpY— 83% of Brewers Tw/tter (@FansIrrational) January 16, 2020
DEVELOPING: Two Houston Astros players are being accused of wearing buzzers that notified them of certain pitches, but an investigation by the league did not find any evidence to substantiate those claims. pic.twitter.com/XzdjyBFqRa— ABC World News Now (@abcWNN) January 17, 2020
Major League Baseball confirm the outfield camera fiasco, which led to the firing of manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow. Alex Cora–who was a bench coach for the Astros at the time and considered the mastermind of the plot–lost his job as the manager of the Boston Red Sox. Meanwhile, Beltran, considered to be Cora’s accomplice, left his managerial position with the New York Mets before he was able to lead the team.
Major League Baseball announced Thursday it “explored wearable devices during the investigation [of the Astros] but found no evidence to substantiate it.”
That didn’t stop people from speculating. A short clip of former American League MVP Jose Altuve went viral, showing him heading to home plate for a celebration after his walk-off homer in Game 6 of the 2019 American League Championship Series. After the game-winner, Altuve appeared to be mouthing that he was wearing something under his jersey and not to rip off his uniform. Altuve immediately beelined for the dugout instead of celebrating on the field with his team. The Astros ended up losing the World Series to the Washington Nationals that year.
Altuve covering up his buzzer after hitting the game winner is classic Houston Astros https://t.co/DI1thWNfvZ— Savage Boston Sports 🇺🇸🍀❄️☃️ (@SavageBoston) January 16, 2020
Given MLB didn’t confirm the buzzer, it’ll continue to be speculation. So, of course, the memes were out.
THIS JUST IN!— GoodNuzzSports (@GoodNuzz08) January 17, 2020
Houston Astros Revealed they tested out their trial buzzers years ago on drunk fans. Here’s the video: pic.twitter.com/dqGsYshi7s
The Houston Astros checking for buzzers under their players’ jerseys pic.twitter.com/H5Fh36Bajg— CleWest (@erjmanlasvegas) January 16, 2020
When the Houston Astros play without secret buzzers and banging on trash cans pic.twitter.com/5wlU7DYVlF— Savage Boston Sports 🇺🇸🍀❄️☃️ (@SavageBoston) January 16, 2020
Gonna tell my kids this is Jose Altuve. pic.twitter.com/1BIevCsSTc— Ron Terrell (@RonTerrell) January 16, 2020
And the best meme goes to:
BREAKING: Image of Houston Astros’ buzzer leaked pic.twitter.com/zX8k6T0qS9— JettNS (@JettNS) January 17, 2020
As for the Astros reaction, outfielder Josh Reddick spoke to media outlets and said, “I just think it will get addressed when the time is right. When everyone feels the time is right, it will get taken care of.”
Kahron Spearman is a music and film critic whose work can also regularly be regularly found in the Austin Chronicle.