Astros Deny Wearing Buzzers During 2019 Playoffs

Astros say no one wore wearable technology during 2019 playoffs

Adam Spolane
February 13, 2020 - 4:06 pm

Photo by Troy Taormina/USA Today

West Palm Beach, FL (SportsRadio 610)- In the days that followed the release of Major League Baseball's report detailing the video scheme the Astros used to steal signs, another scandal started to brew. The Twitter account of a person claiming to be the niece of Carlos Beltran said Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman were wearing buzzers on their right shoulder as a way to tell them what pitches were coming. Altuve issued a denial of those charges through his agent, but the contoversey started up again after former Astros manager A.J. Hinch failed to say definitively that his players didn't use wearable technology during the 2019 playoffs.

"Absolutely not," George Springer said definitively when asked Thursday.

The Astros players admitted to illegally stealing signs in 2017, but say none if it carried over to 2019.

"I feel bad about (cheating) in 2017, but I can't say something that I didn't do, the buzzer thing. Nobody on this team wore buzzers."

Justin Verlander is confident Altuve and the rest of his teammates are telling the truth.

"I'm in that locker room. I see these guys after the game, before the game, dressing and undressing, and I never saw anything like that."