Even if the Astros are severely disciplined by MLB for using technology to relay signs to their hitters at Minute Maid Park, it will never be proven those acts cost the Yankees trips to the World Series in 2017, when they lost in seven games in the ALCS, and this past season, when they were eliminated in six ALCS games.
The Astros won all four at home in 2017 and two of three in Houston this year.
CC Sabathia was a member of those Yankees teams and the losing pitcher in Game 7 of the 2017 ALCS. Tuesday, when he was honored as the March of Dimes Sportsman of the Year, Sabathia was asked about his feelings on the Astros being investigated by MLB for possible cheating.
“It’s weird, man, I don’t know,’’ the just-retired left-hander told The Post. “Some days I am like, ‘Hey, it is what it is,’ and other days I see certain other things and I am like, ‘Damn, that is a lot.’ It’s tough, I don’t know. It’s a tricky thing. It’s one thing to get signs from second base, but a monitor downstairs and all that stuff is coming out.’’
During Game 1 of the ALCS this past October at Minute Maid Park, the Yankee coaches were peeved at activity in the Astros’ dugout, believing whistles they said they heard coming from the bench were letting hitters know what was coming from Yankees pitchers. Later, allegations that the Astros banged on a garbage can near the dugout area to relay pitches to hitters surfaced.
“Inadvertently I heard the whistling, but I never heard the trash can or anything like that,’’ Sabathia said.