Astros star Jose Altuve denies wearing electronic buzzer
Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Astros superstar Jose Altuve has denied wearing an electronic buzzer during games, as has been alleged.

On Thursday, three days after MLB handed out punishments to the Astros for cheating, accusations flew that some of the Astros’ best players wore electronic buzzers during games to receive stolen signals. 

Adding to the speculation were videos where Altuve seemed to be covering up his jersey, appearing to suggest a buzzer or wire wouldn’t be exposed.

MLB responded to the accusations and said they looked into whether the Astros used wearable devices and couldn’t find evidence to substantiate the claims.

Both Altuve and his agent, Scott Boras, issued statements to the New York Post’s Joel Sherman denying the use of an electronic buzzer.

Here were the explanations from Boras:

Altuve hit a walk-off, two-run homer off the Yankees' Aroldis Chapman to send the Astros to the 2019 World Series. His homer came on an 84-mph slider with a 2-1 count. 

Chapman threw his fastball 59 percent of the time last season and his slider 31 percent of the time, according to Fangraphs. Did Altuve know a slider was coming and to look for something offspeed? 

The Astros are no longer receiving the benefit of any doubt on these questions now.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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