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Ross Bernstein (in “The Code”, a very Houston Astros just hate us Nike logo shirt well-written and exhaustive book) distinguishes between “cheating” and “deception” in baseball. Using PEDs is cheating. Sign-stealing is deception. Also, blocking sign-stealing is a skill, and teams sometimes get very good at it. Bernstein quotes players in his book who fault the teams that can’t develop ways to block sign-stealing, not the teams that succeed in doing it. Those players argue that a team worth it is salt will do whatever it takes to steal a sign (a book written in 2008), and it’s up to their opponents to figure out how to prevent that.
In the summer of 2017, the Yankees and Houston Astros just hate us Nike logo shirt Red Sox were fined after getting caught using technology to steal signs (centerfield camera for the Yankees, Apple watches for the Red Sox.) If the Astros continued stealing signs after that, it was probably because they figured the worst that could happen would be another fine. But in September the commissioner issued a warning that management would be targeted in the next infraction involving the use of technology to steal signs. If the Astros stopped stealing signs at that point, and they were punished for what they did prior to that point, I believe their punishment should have been identical to what the Red Sox and Yankees received.