Houston Astros Fined For Cheating

January 17, 2020
By EricEnfermero (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Here at Xyza, we’ve covered stories about cheating before and the outcome is always the same: cheaters never win. It’s true! Cheaters tend to get caught sooner or later, and that’s what happened to the Houston Astros. In 2017, the baseball team played an incredible season, made it all the way to the World Series, and won! The Astros, who had never won a World Series before in their fifty-five-year franchise history, happily celebrated their much-awaited win. That was 2017. Now, it’s been uncovered that the Astros actually cheated throughout the 2017 season. How? They used discreet cameras to record the hand signals of the catchers on the opposing teams. Those hand signals were decoded by people in the ball club and then shared with the players during the game. Knowing the hand signals gave the Astros’ hitters an advantage because they could anticipate the type of balls that were being pitched. Major League Baseball has a strict rule about sign-stealing: you’re not allowed to do it! The Astros have now been fined $5 million (the largest fine ever placed on a team), lost their first- and second-round draft picks in 2020 and 2021, and fired both general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A. J. Hinch.

Didn’t we say cheaters never win?