Jose Altuve on defensive after Twitter buzzer bombshell
Jose Altuve’s representative, Scott Boras, denied a claim the Astros second baseman wore buzzers underneath his jersey as a way to receive signals for what pitches were coming.
The allegations came from a Twitter user claiming to be Carlos Beltran’s niece, though Beltran’s family denied to ESPN that the user is related to them. This Twitter user made bombshell allegations Thursday that Altuve and teammate Alex Bregman both wore devices to tip them off to pitches as part of Houston’s electronic sign-stealing scandal.
Footage from Altuve’s game-winning homer off Aroldis Chapman in Game 6 of last year’s ALCS — which sent the Astros to the World Series — showed Altuve yelling at his teammates as he finished circling the bases not to rip off his jersey, as they had done following his walk-off hit in Game 7 of the ALCS in 2017.
“[Altuve] has never been involved in any information with the use of an electronic device that is triggered during the course of the game,’’ Boras told The Post. “Fans need to keep in mind that there are a lot of players who are in the spider web, but they are not the black widow just because they are a member of the team or the league.’’
In a statement to The Post, MLB said the league “explored wearable devices during the investigation, but found no evidence to substantiate it.”
Of Altuve not wanting his shirt torn off, Boras said, “That is the shyness of Jose Altuve.”
Altuve addressed his attachment to his jersey immediately after the 2019 ALCS Game 6 during an on-field interview, when he was asked why he didn’t allow his teammates to rip his jersey off.
The former AL MVP initially asked for the question to be repeated, then laughed and said, “I don’t know. I’m too shy. Last time they did that, I got in trouble with my wife.”
Elsewhere on Twitter, Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer wrote that he had heard from “multiple parties” that the Astros used devices to tip pitches and Alex Wood of the Dodgers wrote, “I would rather face a player that was taking steroids than face a player that knew every pitch that was coming.”
And both Wood and teammate Cody Bellinger bemoaned the fact no active players had suffered any consequences for the Houston cheating scandal.
Boras on Thursday declined to discuss the 2017 sign-stealing scandal that has resulted in the firings of Houston GM Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch, as well as the dismissals of Boston manager Alex Cora and now Beltran.
Of Altuve, Boras said, “He has been transparent and truthful with MLB and their investigation.”
Bregman’s agent, Brodie Scoffield, did not immediately respond to a text message seeking comment.
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