On Wednesday, two people familiar with the situation said the Astros attempted to get a second person next to the Indians' dugout during Game 3 of the AL Division Series after another man was removed earlier by security for taking pictures with his cellphone. It was reported that the man "had a small camera and was texting frequently, but did not have a media credential".
"After the man was removed another Astros staffer intervened - according to sources who were on the scene - and tried to convince security that he was authorized to be in the area next to the dugout".
To add to the concern, Fenway security was reportedly warned about the man because of similar activity during the Astros' ALDS series against the Cleveland Indians.
"There's some unintended consequences that come with the advancement of technology", Astros manager A.J. Hinch said.
Major League Baseball said it was contacted by "a number of Clubs" to express concerns about sign stealing and how video equipment was being used, and that it has reminded all playoff teams of the rules and established new practices regarding the use of video during games.
"We've been doing that as a matter of course for a while and I will tell you that most of the time we think we see something suspicious we look into it and it's a fan doing something or a monitor for some reason that should be there used for a good goal". "We try to slow it down. If we feel there's something going on, we change the signs".
Red Sox manager Alex Cora, who served as bench coach for the Astros last season, also addressed the topic. 'I'm anxious about the game'.
The Astros trail the Red Sox 2-1 in their best-of-7 ALCS.
"I compare the series to those Saturdays in the late '90s when FSU and Miami played, that there were a lot of first-rounders and a lot of swag and good athletes", Cora said.
Game 3 of the ALCS is in Houston, slated for a 5:09 p.m.
The Houston Astros on Wednesday acknowledged a longstanding practice of having a team employee surveil the opposing team's dugout during road games, but said the goal was merely to ensure that they.
Major League Baseball concluded the Houston Astros were not trying to steal signs when they had an employee monitor opposing dugouts during the post-season. He was then removed from the media-credentialed area.