State senator demands MLB probe of Astros’ cheating against Yankees

Originally published in New York Post on February 19, 2020.

The head of the New York Senate Investigation Committee is throwing some high heat — demanding that Major League Baseball probe whether cheating by the Houston Astros cost the Yankees World Series bids in 2017 and 2019.

James Skoufis (D-Rockland-Orange) has drafted a resolution for the Legislature to vote on urging MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred to take action.

“The Astros might have been able to pull a fast one on the MLB, but here in New York, we take pride in the integrity of our sports. The commissioner has a clear and unequivocal responsibility to investigate this further,” Skoufis, who chairs the Senate Investigations and Government Operations panel, told The Post.

“It’s not only a matter of right vs. wrong, but it’s a matter of consumer protection: people all over the country spend money each year going to baseball games, watching them with their families, and purchasing memorabilia. MLB must further investigate the impact of the Astros’ cheating on the 2017 and 2019 ALCS series and take