MLB Analyst: 'Eight or Nine' Teams Cheated Like Astros

January 20, 2020 - 12:06 pm

The Astros had plenty of company in skirting MLB spying rules, according to one baseball analyst.

Appearing on 106.7 the FAN with hosts Chris Lingebach and Tom Daly, MLB analyst Ryan Spaeder said “eight or nine total teams have done just as much as the Astros,” citing several unnamed players who have revealed to him various methods of stealing signs and relaying them to opposing players on the field.

One such scheme even involved a person sitting in the outfield stands with high-tech binoculars and waving a towel, according to Spaeder's sources.

The spying scandal involving the 2017 Astros has rocked MLB in recent weeks, costing Houston GM Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch their jobs. Red Sox manager Alex Cora and Mets manager Carlos Beltran, also members of the 2017 Astros team that won the World Series, met similar fates.

Meanwhile, current Astros players who were on the 2017 team have yet to offer much of a substantive response.

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