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Brian Cashman still feeling ‘frustration’ over Astros’ cheating

The New York Yankees were without question one of the most egregiously impacted teams by the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scheme, so it’s no surprise that general manager Brian Cashman continues to harbor frustration due to the controversy.

Friday would have marked the Yankees’ first encounter with the Astros this season had MLB not gone on hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Despite the series’ postponement, it dredged up bitterness in Cashman, in particular over how the Astros employed a trash-can-banging tactic during the teams’ 2017 ALCS showdown.

“There is a little bit of frustration,” Cashman said, crediting online sleuth Jomboy for “decoding” the trash can system by pouring over game videos to find the evidence, via Dan Martin of the New York Post.

“Frustration after the fact that Jomboy, for instance, put out online and decoded after the A’s Mike Fiers revealed [to The Athletic] what was transpiring [in Houston],’’ Cashman said. “Frustration in, ‘Wow, we knew something was going on and we complained about it.’ But we didn’t have the fact of what the specifics [were] and once you saw it playing out, once it was decoded, you say, ‘How could we have not have figured that out?’”

The Yankees lost to the Astros in seven games in the 2017 ALCS, with all four losses coming at Minute Maid Park, where the Astros’ sophisticated sign-stealing methods were best utilized. In 2019, the Yankees went down to the Astros in the ALCS in six games, a series in which manager Aaron Boone expressed concern over a whistle coming out of the Astros dugout during Game 1.

The Astros have been granted a reprieve from the team’s expected tour of shame with the delayed season. The Astros were subjected to widespread scorn and mockery before spring training was halted, save for one instance when the controversy reared its ugly head thanks to one Astros star’s snarky tweet.

Cashman said Thursday he’s been reluctant to sound off too extensively about the Astros out of respect to the league. What’s more, he added there’s no point dwelling on the past “because there’s nothing we can do about it.”