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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2019 / HOU / 2B / 27
Jose Altuve
2018 / BOS / OF / #19
Jackie Bradley Jr.
2017 / HOU / SP / #35
Justin Verlander
2016 / CLE / RP / #24
Andrew Miller
2015 / KC / SS / #2
Alcides Escobar
2014 / KC / OF / #6
Lorenzo Cain
2013 / BOS / RP / #19
Koji Uehara
2012 / DET / DH / #21
Delmon Young
2011 / TEX / OF / #17
Nelson Cruz
2010 / TEX / OF / #32
Josh Hamilton
2009 / NYY / SP / #52
CC Sabathia
2008 / TB / SP / #22
Matt Garza
2007 / BOS / SP / #19
Josh Beckett
2006 / DET / 2B / #14
Placido Polanco
2005 / CHW / 1B / #14
Paul Konerko
2004 / BOS / DH / #34
David Ortiz
2003 / NYY / RP / #42
Mariano Rivera
2002 / ANA / 2B / #2
Adam Kennedy
2001 / NYY / SP / #46
Andy Pettitte
2000 / NYY / OF / #28
David Justice
1999 / NYY / SP / #26
Orlando Hernandez
1998 / NYY / SP / #33
David Wells
1997 / CLE / OF / #17
Marquis Grissom
1996 / NYY / OF / #51
Bernie Williams
1995 / CLE / SP / #55
Orel Hershiser
1993 / TOR / SP / #34
Dave Stewart
1992 / TOR / 2B / #12
Roberto Alomar
1991 / MIN / OF / #34
Kirby Puckett
1990 / OAK / SP / #34
Dave Stewart
1989 / OAK / OF / #24
Rickey Henderson
1988 / OAK / RP / #43
Dennis Eckersley
1987 / MIN / 3B / #8
Gary Gaetti
1986 / BOS / 2B / #17
Marty Barrett
1985 / KC / 3B / #5
George Brett
1984 / DET / OF / #23
Kirk Gibson
1983 / BAL / SP / #52
Mike Boddicker
1982 / CAL / OF / #19
Fred Lynn
1981 / NYY / 3B / #9
Graig Nettles
1980 / KC / 2B / #20
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