Tierney: Astros' Scandal The Worst In Modern Team Sports

Brandon Tierney called the Astros' sign-stealing scandal "the most pivotal moment in the history of baseball"

Tiki and Tierney
November 19, 2019 - 6:27 pm

The Houston Astros’ sign-stealing plot has thickened, as MLB executives reportedly believe the team may have used buzzing bandages to relay pitches to hitters.

True or untrue, the Astros are caught in the proverbial eye of the storm – and the weather might not improve for a while.

“This is very quickly developing into the largest modern (North American) sporting scandal . . . in our lifetime,” Brandon Tierney said Tuesday on Tiki & Tierney. “I don’t know what we’re going to do with this, but I do know this – and by we, I mean they: If baseball didn’t learn their lesson from the Steroid Era, the punishment must be harsh.”

The Astros also reportedly used a centerfield camera to steal signs, which were then relayed by banging a garbage can.

Using electronics, of course, is not gamesmanship. It is against the rules. MLB rules stipulate how and when technology can be used; using a camera or a personal buzzer to steal signs violates those rules.

MLB is investigating these allegations, with Rob Manfred calling the investigation “very active and really, really thorough.” Manfred does not believe the scandal involves other teams.

“They have to understand that this is the most pivotal moment in the history of baseball,” Tierney said. “Rob Manfred better handle this well, and he better handle this harshly. We’ll see what happens. This is disgraceful.”

The Astros beat the Dodgers in the 2017 World Series, winning a seven-game thriller. In the 2019 World Series, Houston lost to the Washington Nationals in seven, losing the final two games at home.