MLB Takes Page Out Of NFL’s Book Of Shadiness, Is Preventing Journalists From Speaking To Team Owners

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In an effort to keep baseball journalists from asking questions about the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal, it appears Major League Baseball has taken a page out of the NFL’s book of shadiness in order to remedy the issue.

According to various MLB reporters — such as ESPN’s Jeff Passan — who are in Arlington, Texas, to cover the yearly owner’s meetings, there is a law enforcement presence at the hotel where the MLB owners are staying that seem to be tasked with keeping reporters away from the owners.

“Just to be clear: There are police officers stationed in the lobby of the hotel working as security, and when they got the sense Jim Crane did not want to talk, they cut in to the media scrum and escorted Crane to a staircase leading to the level where meetings are taking place,” Passan tweeted to his 343,000 followers.

Chandler Rome, the Houston Astros beat writer for the Houston Chronicle, echoed Passan’s sentiment, saying that “hotel management and a group of policemen attempted to throw a small group of reporters out of the hotel.”

The Astros, who won the World Series back in 2017, were accused this offseason of stealing signs after former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers told The Athletic that the team was using a camera in centerfield to capture signs from opposing teams. Those signs were then allegedly relayed to the batters through various banging noises.

As a result of the controversy, it has been reported that the Astros are potentially facing “unprecedented” punishment. However, regardless of what MLB ultimately decides to do with the Astros, it’s obvious that they don’t want this scandal growing any bigger before they make their decision.


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