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"The Astros’ sign-stealing scheme is a difference of degree, not kind, from the cheating that is a throughline in baseball back to the 1800s. It’s not some leap, some crime no one had ever considered before Carlos Beltran had an idea. Even the technological aspect isn’t new; the technology, of course, is, and that made the Astros’ sign-stealing more effective than previous schemes that employed buzzers or telescopes and lights. This is what baseball players do, what they have done. This is what baseball organizations do -- bend rules, bend morality, to win more games, now and in the future."