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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Jose Altuve denies wearing electronic buzzer

Jose Altuve buzzer

Jose Altuve denies that he wore an electronic buzzer during games as he has been accused of.

On Thursday, there days after MLB handed out punishments to the Houston Astros for cheating, accusations flew that some of the Astros’ best players wore electronic buzzers during games to receive stolen signals. Adding to the speculation were a few videos where Altuve seemed to be covering up his jersey so that a possible buzzer/wire wouldn’t be exposed.

MLB responded to the accusations and said they looked into whether the Astros used wearable devices and couldn’t find evidence to substantiate the claims.

Both Altuve and his agent Scott Boras issued statements to the New York Post’s Joel Sherman denying the use of an electronic buzzer.

Here were the explanations from Boras:

Altuve hit a walk-off 2-run home run off Aroldis Chapman to send the Astros to the 2019 World Series. His homer came on an 84-mph slider with a 2-1 count. Chapman threw his fastball 59 percent of the time last season and 31 percent of the time, according to Fangraphs. Did Altuve know a slider was coming and to look for something offspeed? The Astros are not receiving the benefit of any doubt on these questions now.

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