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Astros Crawfish Potluck: January 18th, 2020

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This week has truly been a lesson in the awful power that social media can hold. Thanks to a tweet by an unverified burner account, the cheating scandal involving the Astros has ignited into a whole new firestorm of chaos and finger pointing. With exactly zero evidence other than a few irresponsibly placed words, half the baseball world is convinced that the Astros are suiting up with buzzing band-aids beneath...

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Yu Darvish wants to know if Astros were stealing signs against him

The 2017 World Series has long haunted Yu Darvish, and the findings revealed this week have him asking questions. Namely, Darvish wonders whether the Houston Astros were stealing signs against him. Darvish was knocked out of both his World Series starts — including the critical Game 7 — before the second inning. Him getting hit so hard was surprising considering he dominated in two earlier postseason starts for the dodgers, which came against Arizona and the Cubs. The explanation from...

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Jim Crane on Astros’ search for manager, GM

The Astros’ sign-stealing scandal from their World Series-winning 2017 season has cost them a GM and a manager this week. The club let go of Jeff Luhnow and A.J. Hinch, who were regarded as two of the best in the game at their jobs, on Monday after Major League Baseball suspended them for one season apiece. So what’s next for the Astros? Owner Jim Crane spoke about the team’s direction Friday with Jake Kaplan of The Athletic, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle and other reporters....

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Illinois congressman calls for hearings over Astros cheating scandal

The Houston Astros cheating scandal has now reached the halls of Congress. Representative Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) has formally requested a congressional oversight hearing on both Houston’s cheating and MLB’s response to it. In a letter, he stated that it is Congress, specifically the Committee on Energy and Commerce, that is tasked with oversight of professional sports, and it was important to determine how much cheating is taking place in the sport and whether the league is addressing it...

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Report: Viral Twitter Videos Accelerated MLB's Investigation in Astros Scandal

Joon Lee of ESPN reported on Friday that baseball fans' viral Twitter videos uncovering the Houston Astros ' 2017 sign-stealing schemes played a key role in Major League Baseball's investigation into the practices...

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Astros Crawfish Boil: January 17th, 2020

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Springer and the Astros have avoided arbitration with a $21 million contract for 2020 (Astros.com)
Apparently we’re in a place where a random twitter account with no credibility whatsoever can ignite a firestorm with some well-placed tweets about the...

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Anatomy of an Astros cheating rumor: ‘Carlos Beltran’s niece’ is actually a phony Twitter account

The sports world went wild on Thursday with allegations that some of the Houston Astros’ top players wore electronic buzzing devices that communicated what pitch was coming during their at-bats. The allegations of this extremely advanced form of high-tech cheating actually had been around for two months, but the story received widespread attention on Thursday thanks to a push from a mysterious Twitter account that seemingly had new credibility. In this story, we will get to the bottom of...

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Ken Rosenthal shares thoughts on Jose Altuve interview that fueled buzzer rumors

An interview Ken Rosenthal conducted with Jose Altuve after the Houston Astros won the ALCS last season gained widespread attention on Thursday, but the reporter insists he did not suspect that Altuve was covering anything up when the two spoke amid a hectic celebration. Altuve belted a walk-off home run off of New York Yankees flamethrower Aroldis Chapman in Game 6 of the ALCS, and he was seen making a conscious effort to keep his jersey closed and pleading with his teammates to not tear it...

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Hall of Fame Ballot Newcomer Bobby Abreu Deserves to Have His Case Heard

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He’s not the best new player on the ballot, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t worth a long look

We’re going to go in a slightly different direction with this week’s Friday Hall of Fame preview, the final one before the official announcement of the results next Tuesday. We’re still covering...

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MLB Confirms No Evidence of Wearable Devices in Astros Probe Amid Viral Videos

In the eyes of Major League Baseball, members of the Houston Astros did not wear electronic devices to help them steal signs from opposing pitchers...

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Report: Astros to interview Cubs 3B coach Will Venable

Cubs third base coach Will Venable will interview for the Astros’ managerial opening on Friday, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.  The Cubs granted Houston permission to speak to Venable about the position. Mark Berman of Fox 26 first reported on Wednesday that Venable was being considered by the Astros, and he brings a different profile than the two candidates who have already interviewed for the position.  Whereas Buck Showalter and John Gibbons have combined to...

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MLB says whistleblower Mike Fiers 'did the right thing and should be commended'

ESPN personality and New York Mets special assistant Jessica Mendoza made waves on Thursday when she called out Mike Fiers for being the whistleblower that brought the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal to the forefront. Mendoza’s comments were interesting in that they came shortly before Mets manager Carlos Beltran stepped down from his position. Beltran was implicated in the entire MLB investigation stemming from the Astros cheating during their title season of 2017. In seemingly...

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Astros star Jose Altuve denies wearing electronic buzzer

Houston Astros superstar Jose Altuve has denied wearing an electronic buzzer during games, as has been alleged. On Thursday, three days after MLB handed out punishments to the Astros for cheating, accusations flew that some of the Astros’ best players wore electronic buzzers during games to receive stolen signals.  Adding to the speculation were videos where Altuve seemed to be covering up his jersey, appearing to suggest a buzzer or wire wouldn’t be exposed. MLB responded to the...

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Dodgers Cody Bellinger, Alex Wood sound off on Astros cheating allegations

As more allegations emerge about the Houston Astros’ cheating, more players are feeling emboldened to speak out.  On Thursday, that included some members of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who lost to the Astros in the 2017 World Series, the year MLB confirmed Houston cheated during games. In response to allegations of the Astros using electronic buzzers to communicate stolen signs, 2019 NL MVP Cody Bellinger said he hoped the allegations were not true. He hoped for “major consequences to the...

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Astros' Jose Altuve Denies Wearing Electronic Device Amid Sign-Stealing Scandal

Through his agent, Scott Boras, Houston Astros star Jose Altuve denied using an electronic device in order to steal signs from opposing pitchers...

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Jose Altuve interview, jersey cover-up sparks electronic buzzer speculation

An interview with Jose Altuve after his huge home run to send the Houston Astros to the World Series last season — coupled with the infielder’s behavior after the homer — have fueled speculation about the Astros illegally using an electronic buzzer to communicate signs. Altuve hit a monster home run off Aroldis Chapman in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 6 of the ALCS against the Yankees last October. As Altuve approached home plate, he was seen making a conscious effort to keep...

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Indians SP Mike Clevinger blasts Astros players over cheating scandal

It’s likely the biggest scandal to hit Major League Baseball since the steroid era. Three managers and a general manager have lost their jobs over the course of the past four days. That includes the Houston Astros firing AJ Hinch after MLB came down hard on the 2017 World Series champs for stealing signs during said championship season. In a sentiment that’s likely to be shared by other rival players, Cleveland Indians pitcher Mike Clevinger took to social media on Thursday to absolutely...

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Astros, George Springer avoid arbitration with one-year, $21M deal

The Astros and center fielder George Springer have agreed to terms on a one-year contract worth $21M, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports. The Excel Sports client had filed for a $22.5M salary against the Astros’ offer of $17.5M (as shown in MLBTR’s 2020 Arbitration Tracker), so his deal will check in north of the $20M midpoint between those two figures. These days, it’s atypical to see a team and a player settle on a one-year arrangement after figures have been exchanged. Most clubs...

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Stock Update: Freudis Nova

Long seen as one of the highest ceilings in the organization, trades and graduations have pushed Nova to the top of the rankings early. Is he on track to stay there?

Make no mistake: the Astros farm system is no longer strong. After consistently ranking somewhere in the top half of the league through most of the Luhnow era, they are currently unquestionably among the bottom 5-10 systems in Major League Baseball, with only one top 100 candidate and a handful of other names who project as...

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Report: George Springer, Astros Agree on $21M Contract for 2020 Season

The Houston Astros and outfielder George Springer reportedly reached an agreement Thursday on a one-year, $21 million contract for the 2020 season to avoid an arbitration hearing...

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