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Jan. 18, 2020, 5:30 p.m. EST

Watch the video that blew the lid off the Houston Astros pitch-stealing scheme

Two-minute clip showed how Astros hitters were alerted to which pitches were coming — an almost immeasurable advantage in baseball

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By Greg Robb, MarketWatch


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Houston Astros right fielder George Springer celebrates a solo home run.

It’s been another long week, and maybe you haven’t had a chance to catch up on all the details of the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scheme. (Here are Major League Baseball’s official findings, made public on Monday. )

Don’t fret. All you need to do is watch this chilling video produced by Jimmy O’Brien, who runs Jomboy Media:

Last November, former Chicago White Sox pitcher Danny Farquhar said in an interview with the Athletic that he had heard banging coming from the Astros dugout when he was pitching in a September 2017 game in Houston.

As soon as he read that Athletic story, O’Brien said he searched for the tape of the game, found it, and posted a video, which, in clear and precise terms, walks viewers through the scheme. It has been viewed 2.7 million times since it was posted last November, according to YouTube.

It clearly shows a huge advantage for the Astros’ hitter, Evan Gattis. Fans concerned about the game’s purity give O’Brien credit for taking the episode seriously.

The MLB’s official report found there was a sense of “panic” in the Astros dugout after Farquhar appeared to notice the banging, which Farquhar came to believe alerted Astros to calls for off-speed pitches from White Sox catcher Kevan Smith.

In O’Brien’s video, Farquhar, since retired from the game, calls timeout and apparently confers at the mound with Smith over the need to change signs. He goes on to get the hitter out with a changeup.

“Before the game ended, a group of Astros players removed [a television monitor used in the scheme] from the wall in the tunnel and hid it in an office. For the Postseason, a portable monitor was set up on a table to replace the monitor that had been affixed to the wall near the dugout,” the league’s report states.

Greg Robb is a senior reporter for MarketWatch in Washington. Follow him on Twitter @grobb2000.

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