Arete, Sport and Society, American Sport History, Technology, Baseball, MLB, Cheating, Houston Astros, Steal signs
Major League Baseball (Organization); Houston Astros (Baseball team); Baseball signs and signals; Technological innovations; Sports; Corrupt practices
In studying World War I, the American historian Bruce Catton identified a simple and ironclad rule concerning technology: What you can do, you must do. I was thinking about the current uproar over the Houston Astros’ use of technology to steal signs and I thought about Catton’s observation and how it might offer some understanding of what happened in this latest of baseball scandals.
Sport and Society for Arete
College of Arts and Humanities
Crepeau, Richard C., "The Astros et.al." (2020). On Sport and Society. 843.