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Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Sign stealing scandal in Houston

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The Houston Astros have been caught cheating...again

ALDS Game 3: Houston Astros Vs. Boston Red Sox At Fenway Park Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

In the analogs of Rays history, one might remember a commercial being aired on Fox Sports Florida where the Rays had fans positioned somewhere in the stands or possible even in the catwalks.

The fans would watch the catcher with binoculars and look closely for the signs, then they’d relay the signs back to the Rays hitter who was standing at the plate. Then the hitter, who I believe to be at the time was Carl Crawford, would take advantage and launch a ball into the seats. The play-by-play voice would then come on and say ‘he hit that ball like he knew it was coming’ followed by the promo of ‘where the fans take part in the action’ or something to that nature.

It was completely nonsensical and just meant to make you feel as though you were part of the game.

Well, the Houston Astros took this and legitimately put it into effect as they have now been accused by former players of doing almost exactly this over the past several seasons. More on this below.

News and Links

In this article, Nightengale reports the Rays are the current front runners to sign veteran infielder Howie Kendrick