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Dodgers: 2017 World Series Potentially Impacted by Astros Sign Stealing

The Dodgers lost to a fantastic 2017 Astros squad.

In 2017, the two best teams in baseball matched up against each other — the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros. The two teams were so evenly matched that they went seven games and you know the rest. The Astros were rewarded for their patience with the rebuild with a World Series title — something that has now evaded the Dodgers for 31 years and counting.

The Astros won fair and square — or so we thought. As of now, we are unsure of whether or not the Houston Astros gained a competitive advantage from electronic sign stealing in the 2017 World Series, but it sure appears that way.

Ken Rosenthal along with Evan Drellich of the Athletic first had the report, which relied heavily on former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers.

Four people who were with the Astros in 2017, including pitcher Mike Fiers, said that during that season, the Astros stole signs during home games in real time with the aid of a camera positioned in the outfield.

This story most likely will not go away for some time. In terms of the World Series, though, it is fair to question the integrity of Houston as an organization and the integrity of their World Series win. Still, they could have beaten the Dodgers fair and square — they were one of the top-two teams in baseball in terms of talent.


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This is huge news for baseball and it comes in a long line of controversial occurrences that have seemed to follow the Houston Astros around in 2019. There is the sign-stealing, but there are also the comments made by Brandon Taubman that ultimately led to his firing.

Internet personality Jomboy Tweeted this clip on Tuesday.

Bang bang…

We will never know if the World Series was impacted by sign stealing, most likely. As mentioned previously, there is really no way you should discredit the Astros because of how historically good they were. The Dodgers were right there with them. If they cheated to win a World Series, it definitely sucks. However, we just simply do not have the evidence yet to prove anything — innocent until proven guilty.

What do you think? Did the Astros pull a New England Patriots in the World Series?

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 18 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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  1. It was illegal sign stealing and there’s no doubt in my mind they used it because there’s evidence of them using it during the 2017 season so it would’ve made no sense fit them to stop in October. There was always something odd about that 17 series

  2. “However, we just simply do not have the evidence yet to prove anything.”
    Yes we do. Fiers confirmed it.

    • Yeah, right. A man involved in the crime admits to it, tells you how the crime was committed and “there’s no evidence”?
      Manfred must have been on the O.J. Simosin jury.

  3. Commence an investigation right now MLB. Strip them of future draft picks, take international signing money away, fine them a gazillion dollars, suspend their GM. If true, the Astro’s organization is an armpit and should be seriously disciplined.

    This is the same organization that signed a “wife beater” in Ozuna, had an asst. GM yell loudly to female reporters that they were glad they had signed Ozuna and then denied it but ultimately had to issue a mea culpa from the owner and then fire the asst. GM. Same team who had a player in the dugout slant his eyes making fun of Darvish during a game and suffered absolutely zero repercussions.

    I hate the Astros!!!!!!!!!

  4. Dodgers lost 2 games at home – 2 and 7 and everyone knew what Kenley was throwing in game 5 at Houston. Only possibility opportunity was the Astros picked something up on Darvish in game 3 and carried it into 7. Or Darvish could’ve just sucked. Dodgers lost and we move on.

  5. Is it so important to have a video on the article that you feel it necessary to include one saying that Acuna is the best hitter in baseball? If you don’t have a video that supports the article, why not just not have a video?

    Also, that is the funniest photo of Seager ever.

  6. One of the players also admitted right after the games to the fact that the reason they were able to Darvish was because they knew he was tipping pitches so nothing more surprises me.

  7. NY Giants in ’51 season did the same thing. Beat Dodgers to win pennant with Thompson “Shot heard round the world” off Branca when Thompson knew what pitch was coming…..camera in Center field. Ugh

    • After all this cheating scandal, I’m even prouder of that Dodger ’17 team…true champions in spite of the Big Fix! Go Dodgers!

  8. Time will tell at what level the Astros cheating went to, obviously there is evidence for sure of malfeasance but how deep did go?, the truth has a way of coming out,this so bad for baseball, we have to purge this problem severally and start fresh!

  9. If it’s proven that the Astros cheated during 17’ WS the black eye on baseball will be there for decades. I love the game and would hate to see that happen, but MLB has to do everything in their power to get to the bottom of these charges.

    • It’s really sad to think that this whole team was complicit (from FO down to team players and trainers) in enacting this ruse. It’s like the Chicago White Sox scandal. If you were on the team, you were considered guilty. What a black eye for MLB.

  10. Others are saying the Astros beat the Dodgers fair and square in the 7th game at Dodger Stadium. If they stole signs in their home games, this series probably doesn’t go 7 games.

  11. It’s really sad to think that this whole team was complicit (from FO down to team players and trainers) in enacting this ruse. It’s like the Chicago White Sox scandal. If you were on the team, you were considered guilty. What a black eye for MLB.

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