The cheating accusations began in November 2019, when former Astros player Mike Fiers disclosed to The Athletic that the team utilized an elaborate sign-stealing scheme in order to determine which pitches the opponent would be throwing. He doubled down on that position during last month's Winter Meetings.
Maller wasn't content with the season-long suspensions to Astros manager AJ Hinch and GM Jeff Ludhow, which would later lead to their firings altogether, and said they were simply the "fall guys" to a scandal that was already alleged to have been heavily 'player driven'. Both men were subsequently fired by Astros owner Jim Crane.
Cora made those lines a little clearer by mentioning sign-stealing "devices" without any prompting. Luhnow claimed to have no knowledge of the scheme, but the report found that "there is both documentary and testimonial evidence that indicates Luhnow had some knowledge of those efforts, but he did not give it much attention". Both coaches have shared a mutual respect for each other in the past - with Cora having praised Stevens for his work in "rebuilding" the Celtics.
"All clubs have been asked by Major League Baseball not to comment on today's punishment of the Houston Astros as it's inappropriate to comment on discipline imposed on another club", Los Angeles said in a statement Monday night.
Given how the Astros and Red Sox handled Cora and Hinch, Beltran could easily be the next to go. During the 2017 season - prior to Cora's time with the organization - the Red Sox were fined by Major League Baseball for using an Apple Watch to relay stolen signs to hitters in games against the New York Yankees.
Cora met Tuesday with Red Sox management. Players would then relay these signals to the hitter by banging on trash cans.
When the sign sequence was decoded, a player in the video replay room would act as a "runner" to pass along the information to the dugout, according to the findings.