The Astros Didn’t Cheat

The Astros Didn’t Cheat

High-tech is a blessing and a curse at the same time. And this includes sports, sports just like baseball, professional baseball that is.

Let’s take a quick look at the current world of game-fixing scandals in baseball involving technology.

Did The Astros Cheat?

In such a world, where everything is going 1984, with governments spying on people, and social media stealing data from users, high-tech has also been utilized for blackened purposes in baseball.

And the rumors are that the Astros did precisely that: using high-tech to gain an edge over its opponent.

Here’s what happened: Someone associated with the Houston Astros MLB franchise was caught pointing his smartphone into opposing dugouts during the season. They have also been accused of high-tech spying during the ALCS versus the Yanks. But nothing has been proven.

All Houston players are supposed to be guilty of is of whistling in the dugout to communicate pitch selections to batters. But, even if this was true, to steal pitch signs is not forbidden in pro baseball, just as long as technology is not involved. New York can also be blamed, and if they had “tells” before throwing certain pitches, it’s their problem, not that of the opposing squad.

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Spying On Each Other Creates Security

As of now, the most reliable way to create security for baseball results is when teams spy on each other.

On this, Morgan Sword, MLB’s senior vice president of league economics and operations, mentioned that “We have a good system of checks and balances in sports, which is the other 29 teams. Often teams are very on top of what each other is doing, and we tend to hear about things pretty quickly.”

What’s wrong with this picture? Well, if teams need to be on top of the other to see what opponents are using spying techniques, this creates a paranoid atmosphere. Sadly, it seems like this particular type of healthy paranoia is a necessary evil, a cynic tool that, if avoided, can bring harmful consequences to the team that doesn’t possess it.

The Irony: Betting Creates Security Too

As gambling is going legal in many states, both onshore and offshore gaming operators are the most concerned about game-fixing. The reason is that they don’t want to spoil the different deals they have with professional sporting leagues and other big-time sponsors and advertisers. So, they’re making all they can to prevent suspicious wagering.

Now, nothing has been proven against the Astros, and so even when Yankees fans wish to compare them with the Black Sox Scandal, the truth is that Houston is in the 2019 World Series because they proved to be more talented than NY, period. If they’re spying, these blackened techniques haven’t been paying them well as they’re now 0-2 versus the Nationals at the 2019 World Series.

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