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#pounditThursday, August 6, 2020

Jose Altuve interview, jersey coverup sparks electronic buzzer speculation

Jose Altuve buzzer

An interview from Jose Altuve after his huge home run to send the Houston Astros to the World Series last season, coupled with the infielder’s behavior after the homer, have fueled more speculation about the Astros illegally using an electronic buzzer to communicate signs.

Altuve hit a monster home run off Aroldis Chapman in the bottom of the 9th inning of Game 6 of the ALCS against the Yankees in October. As Altuve approached home plate, he was seen making a conscious effort to keep his jersey closed to prevent his teammates from ripping it off in celebration.

Altuve then was asked by Ken Rosenthal in a postgame interview about not wanting his jersey ripped off. He asked for the question to be repeated — the only time that interview he needed a question repeated — and then said his wife got upset last time it was taken off. It was almost like he was buying time to come up with an answer.

Altuve also went into a private area to change into his American League champions T-shirt before coming back onto the field.

Altuve seemed to be making a concerted effort to cover up something.

There has been speculation that some Astros players wore electronic buzzers, possibly under their jerseys, through which they could be signaled which pitch was coming. Plus, the anonymous Twitter account that shared inside information about Carlos Beltran before deactivating also accused Altuve and Alex Bregman of using buzzers inside their right shoulder — exactly the area Altuve was covering up.

Altuve’s agent Scott Boras addressed the electronic buzzer speculation.

There were also questions online whether Josh Reddick had something like that on his body in this photo, though some believe it was confetti.

Many teams and players around the league that lost to Houston are upset. Former Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia has said he felt “cheated.” Former Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer has long insinuated the Astros were up to no good.

And on Thursday, Indians pitcher Mike Clevinger lashed out at the Astros via Twitter.

The Houston Astros are confirmed cheaters and deserve an asterisk. Send that message by wearing our Houston Asterisks T-shirt! You can buy it here:

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