MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred Says No Evidence Shows Astros Wore Buzzers, Or Cheated In 2019

At least five Astros players have denied using buzzers

Brandon Scott
February 16, 2020 - 11:41 am

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (SportsRadio 610) -- MLB commissioner Rob Manfred on Sunday addressed the allegations that the Astros used buzzers to cheat during the 2019 season.

Manfred said there was no evidence to support the allegations, but didn't rule out the possiblity.

Ultimately, we may never know the truth. But the record shows Major League Baseball, or anyone else for that matter, could prove it.

"We were fully aware of that when we were working on the investigation," Manfred said in a sit-down interview with ESPN's Karl Ravech. "I think that, in a way, the piece that no one appreciates is we found no evidence — not a single witness who could corroborate that there were buzzers being used during the 2019 season, or indeed that they were doing anything inappropriate during the 2019 season.

"Given that the players told us chapter and verse about 2017 and chapter and verse about 2018, it does give some credibility to the denials that were uniform of the use of buzzers in 2019. Can I tell you 100 percent certain that it didn’t happen? No. You could never know that. People tell you what they tell you. I can tell you that the evidence in this issue was consistent in the direction that nothing was going on in that the evidence was consistent that there was inappropriate behavior in 2017 and '18."

At least five Astros players have denied using buzzers. 

The rumors started circulating last month after a phony Twitter account claiming to be Carlos Beltran's niece suggested Jose Altuve was wearing a buzzer when he hit a game-winning home run off Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapman to send the Astros to the 2019 World Series, which they lost in seven games to the Washington Nationals.

Carlos Correa was effusive in defending Altuve on Saturday after Los Angeles Dodgers' Cody Bellinger questioned why Altuve told his teammates not to remove his jersey as he approached home plate, then changed shirts before doing a television interview. 

"That story should be killed already, guys," Correa said. "Like seriously, a fake account on Twitter said that and then we all make it a story? Like what are we doing here? You guys are great reporters. You guys should do a better job of killing this story already. MLB did their investigation. I’m telling you, hey, there was no buzzers and I told already why he didn’t want his shirt ripped off [after Altuve’s walk-off homer to win the 2019 AL Championship Series]. Like, this story should not keep dragging out there.

"Bro, Altuve didn’t use a trash can in 2017. You think he would use a buzzer with all the technology that’s now around the ballparks and all the cameras around the ballparks and ruin his legacy like that? No, that story should definitely … people should stop talking about that already."

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