This will not go down well with the Yankees.
The protracted investigation of the Astros scandal against the Yankees revealed on Monday that Houston was making illegal signs not only during the regular 2017 season – as originally reported by The Athletic – but also during those playoffs when the Astros defeated the Yankees in seven games ALCS electronically stole it on its way to winning the World Series through the Dodgers.
MLB also found that the Astros continued to cheat in the 2018 regular season, but not in the 2019 postseason when Houston also defeated the Yankees in the ALCS.
Commissioner Rob Manfed suspended Astros managers AJ Hinch and GM Jeff Luhnow for one season, and Houston released both shortly afterwards as a result of the investigation. However, there are no plans to clear the Astros World Series title, as many baseball fans have requested on social media.
Earlier, the MLB warned the teams against electronically stealing signs after the Red Sox were caught stealing signs against the Yankees with an Apple Watch in September 2017.
That same season, the then-Houston bank coach and Red Sox's current manager, Alex Cora, "had a video room technician install a monitor that shows the midfield camera just outside of the Astros dugout," the report said.
The Astros used the midfield camera installed in their baseball stadium to steal the pitcher's signs and smashed trash cans to pass them on, former Houston pitcher Mike Fiers told The Athletic in November. Houston has won all four home games against the Yankees in ALCS 17, but it is unclear to what extent the theft of signs played a role in the Astros' win.
Cora has not yet been fined for his role in the scandal, as the league is currently investigating whether Red Sox may be using electronics to steal signs. Mets manager Carlos Beltran is not disciplined, even though he is the only Astros player who is mentioned in the Monday report as one of those who discussed how "the team can better decrypt the opposing teams' signs and communicate the signs to the batsman can ".
Last season, the Yankees were angry with the Astros, claiming members of the Houston dugout would whistle to steal signs. MLB quickly found these allegations unfounded.