The Houston Astros and cheating, a match made it heaven. Just over a year after news broke that MLB was launching an investigation into Houston for their use of video footage, they’re back and making headlines again.
To be fair, the Angels and plenty of other players are also making headlines. A former Anaheim clubhouse manager named several pitchers that he had helped develop a substance to use while pitching for a better grip. Former Astro Gerrit Cole and current Houston pitcher Justin Verlander were both named in the report by the former Angels employee, Brian Harkins.
In the report released by the LA Times, Harkins reveals a 2019 text message from Gerrit Cole, now with the Yankees. In the message, Cole asked Harkins for help developing a new substance to use that won’t be changed by the cold weather. Harkins was dismissed by MLB after an investigation revealed he had been helping players to cheat, dating back to the days of Troy Percival.
Per the article, Harkins was interviewed by MLB on the allegations back in March. Regardless, there has not been a public addressing of the situation regardless of what Harkins claims. The claims would all make sense though, given what players like Trevor Bauer have said about the Astros in the past.
The allegation would also make sense in terms of the career arcs for both Cole and Verlander. Both guys experienced fairly drastic upticks in spin rate as well as overall success when coming over to the Astros from other teams. For now, it remains a bold allegation and one that MLB will have to get under control.
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