NEW YORK — Wednesday afternoon, the New York Yankees introduced their new ace, Gerrit Cole, with a press conference at Yankee Stadium. . It is the richest pitching contract in history.
The investigation into the Astros started when Mike Fiers, a member of the 2017 Astros, blew the whistle last month. Fiers alleges the Astros had a camera fixated on the opposing catcher’s signs — — which were relayed in real time to a monitor in the tunnel between the clubhouse and dugout. Someone then banged a garbage can to relay the signs to the hitter.
During a chat with reporters after the press conference Cole was asked point blank whether the Astros, his former team, was cheating during his two years in Houston. . Here’s what Cole had to say about his time in Houston: “I didn’t see anything. I’ve heard everything you guys have written about and I’ve read it, but I did not see anything illegal in any way. The gamesmanship in terms of the game on the field — tipping and all that kind of stuff — that’s been going on (for a long time) … I didn’t see anything illegal and I haven’t been questioned by MLB because I really wasn’t involved. I’m kind of on the outside of it.”