Just three days after the Houston Astros were slapped with heavy penalties for their illegal sign-stealing scheme, Major League Baseball fans have taken to Twitter with new evidence for an old rumor.
Major League Baseball may have already punished the Houston Astros for illegally stealing signs, but you’re out of your mind if you thought the drama would end there. Apparently, the pound of flesh that Commissioner Rob Manfred took from the Astros wasn’t quite enough for baseball fans.
Baseball Twitter exploded on Thursday as fans went looking for evidence that the Houston Astros employed electronic buzzers in an effort to tip hitters off to the coming pitches. Well, Twitter did not disappoint, and the prevailing rumors now are that the electronic buzzers absolutely existed.
However, it must be noted that in an investigation described as “one of the most thorough of all time,” Major League Baseball did not find any evidence that electronic buzzers were used. It stands to reason that if the buzzers existed, the investigation would have discovered such claims.
Maybe the Astros used buzzers in 2017, but does it matter? The league already punished them for those offenses They also didn’t find evidence that any cheating system was used in 2018 and 2019.
Of course, it is absolutely possible that the Astros managed to hide this scheme from the league. Trash-can banging is wildly easy to discover, given that Jomboy was able to put together excessive video evidence in just one day.
But small electronic buzzers are much easier to hide. So without further ado, here’s a heap of rumored evidence that the Houston Astros continued stealing signs more discreetly and beyond the 2017 season…
5 different people within baseball, not connected to each other at all, have told me 'the buzzers are very real' with the same details and shit.
— Jomboy (@Jomboy_) January 16, 2020
This is the strongest piece of evidence that has come out regarding the renewal of this rumor. Jomboy has been at the center of the entire story thanks to his videos. Now, he claims to have five independent sources within baseball confirming that “the buzzers are very real.”
Of course, it’s not just Twitter dwellers pushing the buzzer rumors…
I’ve heard this from multiple parties too, for what it’s worth… https://t.co/zDlp0x4bKs
— Trevor Bauer (トレバー・バウアー) (@BauerOutage) January 16, 2020
Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer has not been shy at all about criticizing the Houston Astros. He and former teammate Mike Clevinger have been ripping the team for days.
Bauer is a professional pitcher in Major League Baseball. If anyone knows the rumors flying in players-only group chats, it’s him. And he went out of his way to openly reconfirm Jomboy’s sources. So according to five anonymous sources within baseball and one far from an anonymous source, the electronic buzzers existed.
But of course, Major League Baseball already punished the Astros. At the end of the day, the method of sign delivery is hardly the most egregious part of the story. Major League Baseball confirmed that the Astros cheated throughout the regular season and postseason in 2017 and they got what they deserved for that offense.
Who knows, though. Maybe some new information will come to light regarding the timeframe of the scandal. If, say, someone proved Jose Altuve wore an electronic buzzer when he hit a walk-off home run in game six of the 2019 ALCS? Major League Baseball might have to revisit the investigation…
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) January 15, 2020
Jose Altuve being ‘shy’ after ALCS walk off looks reeeeeally suspicious now. ?
— theScore (@theScore) January 16, 2020
JOSE ALTUVE RAN TO THE DUGOUT TO CHANGE. FOR WHAT? BACK FROM SAD TO ANGRY. https://t.co/dggTsdjPW4
— Coach Jimmy Randazzo (@JimmyRandazzo) January 16, 2020
— James Kelly (@jkellyESNY) January 16, 2020
The bottom line is that Major League Baseball punished the Astros for cheating in 2017. Regardless of whatever rumors are flying around now, they found no concrete proof that continued in 2018 and 2019. It’s unlikely that any further punishment will be coming down the line.
No matter what the court of public opinion decides, Major League Baseball has rendered its decision.