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#pounditTuesday, January 26, 2021

Gleyber Torres questions why Astros would stop cheating after 2017

Gleyber Torres

One of the assertions in Major League Baseball’s report on the Houston Astros cheating scandal is that the team stopped using sign-stealing systems at some point in 2018. That conclusion does not add up for most rival players.

New York Yankees infielder Gleyber Torres voiced that skepticism on Monday. Torres said he believed the Astros were cheating through the 2019 season because it simply did not make sense for it to stop after it was so successful in 2017.

Torres had a funny analogy to back up his assertion.

Torres’ assertion is echoed by at least one other player, and plenty of others in the game believe it too. Though MLB’s report indicated that the Astros played a clean season in 2019, that claim has been met with skepticism for this exact reason. It’s just not logical to expect cheating to stop if it’s both working and going undetected. Perhaps the Astros are an exception to that expectation, but it would be an odd exception, especially given some of the chatter that surrounded their 2019 playoff run.

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