As MLB investigates the possible theft of illegal theft, commissioner Rob Manfred says the league has interrupted the Astros and not on other clubs.
“At the moment we are focused on the information we have on the Astros,” Manfred told reporters on Tuesday after a trip to the new Rangers stadium 'in Arlington, Texas, the site of this week's owners meeting. “I'm not going to think about whether others will be involved. We will deal with this if it happens. I have no reason to believe that it extends beyond the Astros at this time. ”
After the Red Sox was fined two years ago on Apple watches used in the dugout, Manfred said in a memo, “More serious violations of this type of future will be subject to more serious sanctions, including stainless picks.”
Manfred pointed out that he can be more acute if he thinks a penalty is urgently needed.
“I'm not going to think about what the proper control is. This depends on how the facts are based at the end of the investigation, ”said Manfred. “The general warning that I issued to the clubs stands. These are all things. But my authority under the foundation constitution would be broader than those things too. ”
Former Astros chemist Mike Fiers and other sources told the Athletic that Houston stole signals electronically during the 2017 season.
“The most serious matter is any allegation of a breach of rules that could affect a game or games outcome – it is about the integrity of the sport,” said Manfred. “People want the game to play in line with our rules and I think it is important that we do exactly what happened here and that we will take steps to ensure that it does not happen in the future by imposing appropriate control.”
– With AP