On the heels of fallout from the Houston Astros sign-stealing scheme, the Staten Island Yankees (Short Season A; NY-Penn League) have announced they will give away mini trash cans in September.
Earlier this week, Major League Baseball issued a report on its investigation into allegations that the Astros had engaged in sign-stealing methods in 2017 that included banging on a dugout trash can to communicate signs to the batter. As a part of its rulings from the investigation, MLB issued one-year suspensions to Astros president of baseball operations/general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch, both of whom were ultimately fired by Astros owner Jim Crane.
In light of the fallout, the SI Yankees–whose parent club New York Yankees were defeated in the 2017 ALCS by the Astros–have announced a mini trash can giveaway. The promotion is set for September 3, when Staten Island hosts the Tri-City ValleyCats, an affiliate of the Astros. More from NorthJersey.com:
On Monday, the Astros were handed severe penalties for a 2017 scheme that involved banging on a dugout trash can can to signal to teammates what pitches were coming, using a center field video camera to steal signs in real time.
The Astros won the World Series that year, beating the Yankees in seven games – and winning all four games played in Houston – in the ALCS.
The punishments included yearlong suspensions for general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch, as well as a $5 million fine and a loss of draft picks. The Astros chose to fire Luhnow and Hinch just hours after the suspensions were handed down by Major League Baseball.
The mini trash cans will be available to the first 500 fans in attendance, according to information released by the SI Yankees on Tuesday.