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How Orioles were early victims in Astros' 2017 trash can banging scheme

How Orioles were early victims in Astros' 2017 trash can banging scheme

According to one account, the first time the Astros used trash can banging significantly was against the Orioles on May 28, 2017. 

The account, ran by a self-described Astros fan named Tony Adams, studied every 2017 Astros home game with video available to determine the amount of bangs during each game.

The way the data was collected to determine what constituted a “bang” was to find the audio from a particular at-bat and follow the noise on a visual screening of the audio of the play.

Through the 2017 season, one that ended in an Astros World Series victory, he found that the number of bangs slowly ramped up in May — and took off when the Astros played the Orioles.

While there weren't any videos available for some games, the most the Astros used a banging noise before May 28 was six times. Against the Orioles, a banging noise was detected 28 times. That Sunday, the Astros won 8-4. Video was not available for data collection during the first two games of the series — 2-0 and 5-2 Astros victories.

Alec Asher started for the Orioles on the 28th and allowed six earned runs on six hits in just two innings pitched. Two of those runs came off a George Springer home run in the second inning. During that at-bat, four bangs were detected — but none on the cutter that led to the home run. 

The number of bangs detected, Adams found, increased the rest of the season. There were just two more games in which the number of bangs fell to less than 10.

The highest number all season was on Aug. 4 against the Blue Jays when 54 bangs were detected. That day, the Astros won 16-7. 

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Orioles in statement: 'We are committed to advocate for the change our country needs'

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Orioles in statement: 'We are committed to advocate for the change our country needs'

The Orioles were one of many teams to release a statement about protests and the Black Lives Matter movement across the country late Tuesday, as nearly every professional sports team has in the last two days.

“Nearly six decades ago, at another low point in our country’s ongoing struggle to understand and rectify the racial injustice our fellow Americans have endured since the inception of our nation, the author James Baldwin warned, ‘Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced,’” the statement began. 

The Orioles statement came amidst a flurry of statements released by MLB teams in the late afternoon.

“Today, as our friends and neighbors experience the same mistreatment of generations ago in the form of engrained, unyielding and institutionally-discriminatory systems that deny justice and equality and provide in their place a steady supply of brutalizing misconduct, compounded in some cases by voices that fan the flames of violence and racism, it is imperative that we face the past and present,” the statement continued. 

The statement concluded with the phrase, “Black Lives Matter,” one of the only team-released statements to reference the specific movement. 

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2020 MLB Draft: Date, Time, TV Channel, Draft Order, How to Watch

2020 MLB Draft: Date, Time, TV Channel, Draft Order, How to Watch

The 2020 MLB Draft will take place on June 10 and 11. Yet, this draft will be like none other for both the league and the prospects. 

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the event will be virtual just like others before it this year. However, the more impactful change is the length of the draft. Major League Baseball has decided to cut down the 2020 MLB Draft from 40 rounds to just five. In that move, hundreds of players will lose the opportunity to head to the pros in 2020.

In order to counteract the move, MLB has passed a measure that teams can sign an unlimited amount of players following the 2020 MLB Draft for up to $20,000. Even with that, this draft will not be like any before it in recent years.

Still, despite the lack of rounds, teams will have a chance to build for their future. That included the Baltimore Orioles, who once again own one of the top picks. A year after taking Adley Rutschman No. 1 overall, the Orioles will select second overall in 2020. With that pick, there will be plenty of players who can shape the franchise for years to come.

The first 37 picks of the 2020 MLB Draft (first round and Competitive Balance Round A) will take place on Wednesday, June 10, while the remainder of the 160 picks will take place on Thursday, June 11. The draft will be broadcasted on MLB Network and ESPN platforms. 

The Detroit Tigers will lead off the first round, which will only contain 29 picks after the Houston Astros forfeited their first round pick due to the sign-stealing scandal. 

Here's everything you need to know about the 2020 MLB Draft:

2020 MLB DRAFT: HOW TO WATCH

What: 2020 Major League Baseball Draft

When: Day 1: Wednesday, June 10 at 7 p.m. ET, Day 2: Thursday, June 11, 5 p.m. ET

Where: The 2020 MLB Draft will be in a virtual environment due to the coronavirus pandemic

Broadcast: The 2020 MLB Draft can be viewed on MLB Network and ESPN on Day 1 and MLB Network and ESPN on Day 2.

2020 MLB DRAFT FIRST ROUND DRAFT ORDER

*Picks 30-37 are Competitive Balance Round A picks*

  1. Detroit Tigers
  2. Baltimore Orioles
  3. Miami Marlins
  4. Kansas City Royals
  5. Toronto Blue Jays
  6. Seattle Mariners
  7. Pittsburgh Pirates
  8. San Diego Padres
  9. Colorado Rockies
  10. Los Angeles Angels
  11. Chicago White Sox
  12. Cincinnati Reds
  13. San Francisco Giants
  14. Texas Rangers
  15. Philadelphia Phillies
  16. Chicago Cubs
  17. Boston Red Sox
  18. Arizona Diamondbacks
  19. New York Mets
  20. Milwaukee Brewers
  21. St. Louis Cardinals
  22. Washington Nationals
  23. Cleveland Indians
  24. Tampa Bay Rays
  25. Atlanta Braves
  26. Oakland Athletics
  27. Minnesota Twins
  28. New York Yankees
  29. Los Angeles Dodgers
  30. Baltimore Orioles
  31. Pittsburgh Pirates
  32. Kansas City Royals
  33. Arizona Diamondbacks
  34. San Diego Padres
  35. Colorado Rockies
  36. Cleveland Indians
  37. Tampa Bay Rays

 

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