August 3, 2021

Investigation into Astros’ sign-stealing allegations ongoing, Rob Manfred says (ESPN)

SAN DIEGO — MLB commissioner Rob Manfred shared details about the extent of the league’s investigation into sign-stealing allegations regarding the Houston Astros on Wednesday, but did not offer a timeline for when the result of the probe, and its consequences, will be known.

“I think that this is probably the most thorough investigation that the commissioner’s office has ever undertaken,” Manfred said. “We’ve interviewed already nearly 60 witnesses, (read) 76,000 emails, a whole additional trove of instant messages. That review has caused us to conclude that we have to do some follow-up interviewing.”

For now, the process is ongoing.

“It is my hope to conclude the investigation just as promptly as possible,” Manfred said. “But it’s really hard to predict how long something like that is going to take.”

The investigation was launched after former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers told the Athletic that the 2017 Houston club, for which he played and which won the World Series, used video from a live camera feed to steal catchers’ signs, and that someone in the dugout would hit a trash can to communicate the pitch type to batters in real time.

The scope of the inquiry has since…

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