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#pounditTuesday, October 19, 2021

Report: Yankees complained of flashing lights at Minute Maid Park during 2019 ALCS

Aaron Boone

The New York Yankees reportedly alerted Major League Baseball to another instance of potential cheating on the part of the Houston Astros.

According to Andy Martino of SNY, the Yankees complained to MLB about blinking lights in center field early in Game 6 of the 2019 ALCS. The lights stopped early in the game, which the Astros won to advance to the World Series.

The Yankees also suspected that the Astros were alternating whistling and hand signs to tip off their hitters, and the type of whistling was different depending on the pitch.

This was the same series in which the Yankees complained about some suspicious whistling early in the series, which appears to have been picked up during game broadcasts. By 2019, MLB had standardized its camera angles, meaning that the infamous trash can approach Houston allegedly used would have been rendered less effective. Lights in center field would certainly be one way to get around that, though it’s not clear how they may have been used.


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