The Houston Astros announced Tuesday that they’ve opened an investigation after former Astro Mike Fiers told The Athletic the team used a camera in center field to steal signs and immediately communicate that information to its hitters, violating baseball rules.
This has overshadowed other breaking news:
• Pete Rose declared that he’s going to look into the question of whether he bet on baseball.
• Ryan Braun announced he’s investigating why he accused a urine collector of tampering with his sample tainted with performance-enhancing drugs.
It probably took longer for the Astros to generate the statement about the forthcoming investigation than the actual investigation should require — that is to say, two phone calls, to ask two questions.
Astros owner Jim Crane can call Jeff Luhnow, Houston’s general manager and head of baseball operations, and ask: What happened?
And if Luhnow doesn’t know, he can call his video operator and ask: What happened? That’s all it should take.
But Luhnow should already know what happened,…