Red Sox’s Carson Smith adds new twist to Astros accusations: ‘Extreme measures’

The Astros weren’t just using a camera in center field to electronically gain an advantage on opponents. Their bullpen catcher was helping, too, according to former Red Sox pitcher Carson Smith.

The Athletic reported on Tuesday, through an interview with former Houston pitcher Mike Fiers, that the Astros stole signs during their run to the 2017 World Series title. Fiers said the Astros would use a camera to capture the signs and would relay that to the batter by banging a garbage can.

Now, opponents have added their own suspicions.

“In the article about the Astros stealing signs, they forgot to mention the bullpen catcher also relaying in signs for specific batters specific ways. Astros went to extreme measures, undoubtedly still do, and it’s paid off for them,” Smith, who missed the 2019 season with a shoulder injury, wrote on Twitter.

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“It was also sketchy when the security guards/Crawford box scorekeepers kept constantly checking on our bullpen and looking up at the TV that coincidentally wasn’t working for us that series.”

That series was the 2017 ALDS, which Houston won in four games before beating the Yankees and Dodgers to take home the World Series.

Former White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar also vented his frustrations about the Astros’ actions in The Athletic story.

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