Before signing a record-setting contract with the New York Yankees this offseason, Gerrit Cole spent the last two seasons with the Houston Astros. The MLB has found that Houston illegally stole signs during the 2017 postseason and at least during part of the 2018 season.
At today’s press conference at Yankees’ spring training, Cole was asked if he was aware of any impropriety during his time with the Astros. Cole claimed ignorance on the matter, saying he did not know of any cheating going on. Houston was found to have obtained signs electronically and relayed them to hitters, an illegal practice per MLB rules.
This isn’t the first time Cole has been asked about the sign stealing scandal that has rocked the baseball offseason. He spoke about it back in December in his introductory press conference with the Yankees.
“I’d addressed it previously when I first signed a contract in New York,” Cole said, via SNY. “I mean, my feelings really haven’t changed much. Nobody’s getting a win out of this and it doesn’t look very good. I guess I’m just fortunate to be able to be here and move past it.”
"I wish I could elaborate, but no I wasn't"
— SNY (@SNYtv) February 13, 2020
It is ironic that Cole has gone from Houston to New York, because the Yankees might have been the team most affected by the Astros’ nefarious techniques.
Houston eliminated the Yankees in the ALCS in 2017 and 2019. At the very least, MLB found they were guilty of cheating during that 2017 postseason run.
The Yankees and Astros only play two series against each other this season, but both will be must-see TV.