PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 01: Johnny Damon #18 of the New York Yankees smiles as he looks on during batting practice against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Four of the 2009 MLB World Series at Citizens Bank Park on November 1, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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Former New York Yankees’ outfielder Johnny Damon simply explains the significance of the Houston Astros’ alleged cheating advantage.

The investigation into the Houston Astros’ alleged sign-stealing has caught the attention of former New York Yankees outfielder Johnny Damon.

Speaking to ESNY’s own Michael Vivalo, Damon offered his own take on how significant the Astros’ advantage would be.

For those unaware, a report from Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich of The Athletic described in detail how the Astros allegedly stole signs using technology in 2017.

Former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers confirmed the team did indeed have such a system, in which a camera in center field fed to a computer in the dugout tunnel.

Once the signs for a breaking pitch were figured out, the person monitoring the computer would supposedly bang twice on a nearby trashcan. A video posted by Jomboy seemed to confirm the existence of the system.

This brings the conversation back to what Johnny Damon says in the video above. If a hitter knows what pitches are coming, the game suddenly isn’t as difficult. It’s one thing if a hitter guesses the pitch in one particular moment.

Now, imagine if they know which pitches are coming every step of the way.

MLB is currently investigating the Astros over these accusations. At an absolute minimum, Commissioner Rob Manfred should heed Damon’s words and put the situation in context.

Stay tuned to ESNY for further updates on the Astros investigation.

Josh Benjamin has been a staff writer at ESNY since 2018. He has had opinions about everything, especially the Yankees and Knicks. He co-hosts the “Bleacher Creatures” podcast and is always looking for new pieces of sports history to uncover, usually with a Yankee Tavern chicken parm sub in hand.