FORT MYERS, Fla. — Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom admitted Thursday that he had heard rumblings about improper sign-stealing by the Astros before Houston’s transgressions were made public by The Athletic in November.
Bloom, who spent 15 years with the Rays before being hired by Boston in October, told WEEI’s The Greg Hill Show that the revelations of Houston’s scheme did not come as a major surprise to him.
“There was so much out there on them that it was impossible not to wonder,” Bloom said. “Just because, as has come into the news, it was an undercurrent within the game that stuff was going on there”
The Astros improperly used a video monitor in center field to decode opponents’ signs in 2017, with team employees banging a trash can in the clubhouse tunnel to alert hitters as to which pitches were coming. Major League Baseball found Houston guilty of cheating in January and issued harsh punishments (one-year suspensions for then-general manager Jeff Luhnow and then-manager A.J. Hinch, a $5 million fine and the loss of four draft picks).
Bloom said the topic of sign-stealing by opponents came up during his time in Tampa Bay but that the organization…