Schilling: 'No Doubt In My Mind' 2019 Astros Used Buzzers

The Pitcher Also Disagrees With Houston Owner Jim Crane

Moose & Maggie
February 13, 2020 - 3:09 pm

Jim Crane says the Astros’ sign-stealing system didn’t have an effect on the games they played in.

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Houston’s owner said as much when he spoke Thursday from Astros spring training. At Yankees spring training later in the day, both Aaron Boone and Aroldis Chapman disagreed with Crane’s claim, with Boone calling it “a stretch.”

On Thursday, Curt Schilling joined Maggie Gray and Marc Malusis on WFAN to discuss the Astros scandal. Schilling, who spent 20 years pitching in Major League Baseball, insisted that the sign stealing did have an effect on play.

“It’s fixing a game,” said Schilling. “I can tell you this, if they were doing that to me in the postseason, I wouldn’t have gotten an out. … I’m facing you, you’re the hitter, I’m the pitcher. I throw 98 miles per hour … the only other pitch I really throw effectively is the split. The split is never a strike, but you chase it because it looks like my fastball. Now, you face me and all you have to worry about is my fastball, because you know when every split is coming, you’re not going to swing. It’s hard to explain how massive of an advantage that is.”

While Crane denied that the cheating even mattered, the players spent the day apologizing for their actions. Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman both intimated that they wanted to earn back the trust of the fans and the rest of the league.

Crane’s bold comments were met with disbelief all over social media. The Astros’ handling of this scandal has only further inflamed the controversy, which isn’t showing any sign of dissipating anytime soon, especially as there are still questions over whether Houston was stealing signs in 2019 too.

Jim Crane, owner of the Houston Astros introduces James Click as the new general manager of the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on February 04, 2020 in Houston, Texas.
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Schilling also said that he believes the Astros were using buzzers to cheat last season.

“There’s no doubt in my mind they were doing it. Altuve’s reaction after the home run was the easy one, for me. ... Sometimes what you see is exactly what happened. I don’t doubt for a second that they did it.”

Schilling was unsure what sort of role Mets manager Carlos Beltran

“The atmosphere in the clubhouse, and the atmosphere when you leave the clubhouse to go to the dugout, is what the veterans make it, for the most part.”

Click on the audio player above to listen to the full interview with Curt Schilling.