April 19, 2021

Astros investigation likely will not be concluded before new year, sources say (The Athletic)


SAN DIEGO — Major League Baseball’s investigation into the Astros likely will not be completed until after the new year, sources with knowledge of the investigation told The Athletic. The league’s department of investigations has more than 70,000 emails to examine as it tries to understand the scope of the Astros’ electronic sign-stealing efforts.

Commissioner Rob Manfred has publicly committed to a thorough investigation, placing the onus on his office to ensure that its findings can stand the test of time. A report shown to be incomplete would be a wart on the league’s credibility.

The Athletic reported in November that the 2017 Astros stole signs electronically with the aid of a center-field camera fixed on the catcher’s signs. More difficult for the league than vetting the depths of the 2017 scheme is its determination of what happened in 2018 and 2019, if anything. MLB has leads it is pursuing relating to the 2018 Astros, sources said. The violations…

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