How your favorite (and least favorite) baseball team also cheated
Astros players are rightfully taking a beating in the media and in for cheating by illegally stealing signs in the 2017 and 2018 seasons.
Fans chiming in with their sheer outrage might want to keep their stones in their pockets in order to save their glass houses, however.
All 30 teams in Major League Baseball have been caught cheating to some extent.
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In fact, one of the game's greatest moments - Bobby Thomson's "Shot Heard Round the World" that sent the New York Giants to the 1951 World Series - is up for debate as to whether Thomson was given a heads up on what pitch was coming. That Giants team has since admitted to having someone in center field with a telescope, stealing the catcher's signs. That person then would alert the Giants bullpen with a buzzer - - and the relievers would send a signal to the hitter at the plate.
Thomson also admitted to receiving signals during that season, but wouldn't go as far as saying he was tipped off on that particular pitch: “I don’t like to think of something taking away from [it]. It would take a little away from me in my mind if I felt I got help on that pitch. My answer is no. I was always proud of that swing.”
The Braves once had and signal to their hitters.
The Phillies had a bullpen coach who was caught using binoculars and thought to be stealing signs in 2010.
The Mariners even went as far as to gain an edge.
The Red Sox, who also are accused of illegally stealing signs, currently are under an MLB investigation that is supposed to .
Browse through the photos at the top of the page for a look at how each team in Major League Baseball has cheated in the past.