It’s not exactly a secret that professional sports teams will do everything in their power to gain a competitive edge against their opponents, but last week, a report surfaced that suggested the Houston Astros crossed the line in a big way when four former members of the organization told The Athletic that the team had used a camera to steal signs during the 2017 season.
While Carlos Beltran (among others) initially denied any knowledge of the scheme, it didn’t take long for evidence to surface that there was some veracity to the claim, including a video that appeared to show the team had harnessed some sort of drum to let batters know when a certain pitch was coming (they also reportedly resorted to an earpiece when the stadium was too loud).
The MLB announced it would be looking into the matter (an investigation that could end up implicating other teams), and now, it looks like there’s a brand new piece of evidence the league may be able to use that seems to support the accusation against the Astros, who have seen their World Series win suddenly shrouded in controversy.
According to Larry Brown Sports, someone decided to rewatch a documentary about Houston’s 2017 championship run and appeared to discover the battle station that was set up in the hallway leading to the dugout where a laptop was situated on a table next to the trashcan that was reportedly used as a drum.
As of right now, it’s unclear exactly how the league would punish the Astros if all of the evidence at hand results in them being found guilty of this transgression, but based on how things are looking, there’s going to be some discipline coming Houston’s way.