New York Yankees reliever Aroldis Chapman joined the chorus of players criticizing the Astros for stealing signs in 2017. Speaking through an interpreter, he called the actions of Houston's Jose Altuve at the end of the 2019 American League Championship Series "a little suspicious."
Chapman was also part of the Yankees team that lost to the Astros in the 2017 ALCS. But in the final game of the 2019 ALCS, Chapman threw an off-speed pitch that Altuve hit for a series-ending walk-off home run. As Altuve rounded third base, he clutched at the collar of his shirt, yelling at teammates not to rip off his jersey -- actions that have since raised speculation about whether he may have been wearing some kind of wire that tipped him off to the identity of the forthcoming pitch.
Chapman reiterated Thursday morning that he bore the responsibility for the result, as he was the pitcher who threw the ball. When pressed, he added, with a hint of a smile, "I've seen that video. A lot of people have seen that video. It's a popular video right now.
"And yeah, if you look at his actions, they look a little suspicious. At the end of the day, I just don't know. I can't tell you if he had the sign or didn't have the sign -- I don't know. That's a good question for him and for those guys. I just don't know.
"A lot of people are disappointed with the situation. That's why the commissioner did an investigation. ... Hopefully, they take the right actions. I just feel that they put baseball in a bad spot. A lot of people have suffered because of it, because of what they did, and what came out of it."