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 April 12, 2023

Former Houston Astros pitcher admits he was part of cheating system

The Houston Astros cheating scandal from 2017 took another wild turn this week after Evan Gattis, a former pitcher for the team, admitted he, too, was in on the scheme, The Daily Wire reported

Shockingly, Gattis admitted that he knew exactly what pitch he would face "when he hit his pinch-hit homer in Game Seven of the ALCS against the New York Yankees."

"I personally was a proponent of the idea at the time," Gattis tweeted. He added that he knew he would face a "back door cutter slider" in that huge World Series pinch-hit homerun.

The Daily Wire noted:

Gattis also confessed he has used PEDs. When a fan commented, “Was lucky to see you play [left field] 2 of the 11 times you did, in 2015,” Gattis joked, “I can guarantee I was terrified and probably on a performance enhancing drug both times.”

The 2017 Houston Astros cheating scandal was a major controversy in the world of Major League Baseball (MLB). The scandal involved the use of technology to steal signs and give the Astros a competitive advantage.

The scandal came to light after a former Astros pitcher, Mike Fiers, spoke out about the cheating, leading to an investigation by MLB officials.

The Astros used a camera in center field to relay signs from opposing catchers to their players in the dugout. The signs were then decoded and transmitted to the batter using loud noises, such as banging on a trash can, to signal the pitch type.

Obviously, the cheating gave the Astros an unfair advantage, allowing them to know what pitches were coming and giving them a better chance to hit the ball, as Gattis and others admitted since the scandal broke.

The scandal had far-reaching consequences for the Astros organization. The team was fined $5 million -- which many say wasn't enough -- and stripped of their first and second-round draft picks in 2020 and 2021. In addition, the Astros fired their manager, A.J. Hinch, and general manager, Jeff Luhnow, for their involvement in the cheating.

The two were also suspended for a year by MLB.

The scandal also had a major impact on the players involved. Many players were criticized for their role in cheating and faced backlash from fans and the media. The Astros were also accused of tarnishing their 2017 World Series championship, with many calling for the title to be stripped. The team has since apologized for its actions and has taken steps to rebuild its reputation.

While the scandal has had a lasting impact on the Astros organization, it has also led to increased scrutiny and oversight of the use of technology in baseball, especially as technology increases exponentially each year.

Gattis, in a follow-up tweet, seemed a bit embarrassed over his admissions.

"Aaaaaaand it turns out I say stupid stuff from time to time. Nite," the former MLB pitcher wrote.

Written By:
Ryan Ledendecker

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