Mike Fiers, a pitcher who played for the Astros in 2017, told the Athletic last November that the team used a video camera in center field to film the opposing team’s signs to its pitchers. Players or team staffers watching the live camera feed then signaled to the batter what kind of pitch was coming. MLB opened an investigation, concluding in January 2020 that Fiers’s allegations were correct. The Astros’ manager and general manager were suspended for the 2020 season (the team fired both on the day their suspensions were announced). The team was fined the maximum allowable $5 million and stripped of its first- and second-round picks in the 2020 and 2021 drafts.
A biological male runner who identifies as a female was named the Big Sky Conference women’s cross country athlete of the week last week, sparking – yet again – a debate over fairness in women’s sports and the collegiate rules that govern transgender athletes.
A transgender woman won two gold medals and a silver medal at the Pacific Games in Samoa Saturday. Laurel Hubbard, a weightlifter from New Zealand, won in the snatch lift and combined and finished second in the clean and jerk for women weighing more than 192 pounds.