Report: Unauthorized coach was kicked off bench during Red Sox-Yankees series
The 2018 MLB postseason has already featured more talk about cheating than we have heard in years past, and apparently the Houston Astros are not the only team that has made opponents suspicious.
Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Major League Baseball was alerted to an unauthorized coach being on one of the team’s benches during the ALDS between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. The coach was asked to leave the dugout, though Passan did not specify which team he was working for.
There was also paranoia in Game 163 between the Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Dodgers, as sources told Passan there were concerns of someone signaling batters from center field and signals being relayed from the tunnel to the third base coach and onto the hitter.
As technology advances, there will continue to be more ways for teams to bend the rules and attempt to gain a competitive advantage. The Astros claim they were trying to make sure other teams weren’t cheating when they had an employee removed from the photographer’s well multiple times during the playoffs, but there are not a lot of people who buy that excuse.
MLB teams are said to be furious that the Astros were not penalized for their actions, and you can bet the league will be examining some of these issues in greater depth during the winter.