Fan's Research Shows JD Davis, Jake Marisnick Among Astros Who Relied Most On Sign Stealing

They've Been Traded To Mets Since

Ryan Chatelain
January 29, 2020 - 4:06 pm
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A man claiming to be an Astros fan says he went back and watched videos of every game he could find in 2017 and tracked every trash can bang he heard. 

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Two of the main beneficiaries of the team's illegal sign-stealing scheme, according to his research, now play for the Mets.

Tony Adams started sharing his research on Twitter on Wednesday and also created a website called SignStealingScandal.com

"I’m an Astros fan," Adams wrote on Twitter. "To understand the scope of the Astros cheating & the players involved, I logged every trashcan bang from every Astros 2017 home game w/ video available. Over 8,200 pitches watched and over 1,100 trashcan bangs found."

Astros center fielder Jake Marisnick celebrates while crossing home plate after hitting a home run against the Seattle Mariners on July 17, 2017, at Minute Maid Park.
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Two of the five players who were alerted by trash can bangs at the higest rate, percentage-wise, were J.D. Davis (14 bangs, 49 pitches, 28.6%) and Jake Marisnick (83 bangs, 364 pitches, 22.8%), Adams' numbers show.

Cameron Maybin, who played for the Yankees last season, was also on the high end (13 bangs, 56 pitches, 23.2%). The Astros acquired Maybin in a trade with the Angels with a month left in the 2017 regular season.

In terms of "total bangs," Marwin Gonzalez (147), George Springer (139), Carlos Beltran (138) and Alex Bregman (133) were alerted about upcoming pitches the most, according to Adams. 

Earlier this month, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred released a report outlining the Astros' cheating during their 2017 World Series-winning season. The scheme consisted of using a camera in center field at Minute Maid Park to zero in on opposing catchers' signs, which were then relayed to batters by having players, who were monitoring the video feed on a computer, bang on a trash can in the tunnel near the team's dugout. 

Major League Baseball suspended Astros manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow for one season, fined the team $5 million and stripped it of its first- and second-round draft picks in 2020 and 2021. The Astros fired Hinch and Luhnow moments after MLB's punishment was handed down.

Additionally, Red Sox manager Alex Cora, who was the Astros' bench coach in 2017 and named in the commissioner's report, was fired. Boston is the subject of a separate sign-stealing investigation, and Cora is expected to be suspended once that report is issued. 

Beltran, the Mets' newly hired manager who was the only player named in the Astros report, also lost his job in the fallout. 

In 2017, the Astros beat the Yankees in a seven-game American League Championship Series en route to defeating the Dodgers in the World Series.

Davis, acquired in a January 2019 trade with Houston, was one of the Mets' most pleasant surprises last season, hitting .307 with 22 home runs and 57 RBIs. He only played in 24 games for the 2017 Astros, batting .226 (14-for-62) with four homers.

Davis batted .290 at Houston's Minute Maid Park in 2017, and only .161 in road games.

Asked about the illegal sign-stealing in December, Davis said he knew nothing about it.

"I wasn't aware of anything, and even if I was, even if there was, I wish I would've known because I batted only like .180, .200 or something like that," he said. "But I really have no idea or no clue."

The Mets again traded with the Astros this past December for Marisnick, an outfielder noted largely for his glove. He hit .243 with a career-high 16 home runs for Houston in 2017. 

Marisnick batted .308 with 10 homers at home that season, and .187 with six home runs on the road.

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