Kyle McLaughlin is a man who was caught taking pictures of the Indians’ dugout for the Astros. The Indians reportedly warned the Red Sox about McLaughlin, according to a tweet by Jeff Passan, an MLB reporter for Yahoo.
According to Yahoo! Sports, McLaughlin is not publicly listed as an Astros employee, but his Instagram account tells another story. The account has since been deleted, but Yahoo! Sports and other accounts have saved several of the photos, which reveal him boarding a private plane with the Astros logo on it, as well as a photo of him wearing an Astros press pass.
Here’s what you need to know.
McLaughlin Played Baseball in College at Fairleigh Dickinson University
McLaughlin was a right-handed pitcher at Fairleigh Dickinson University. The roster page reveals that he was a freshman in college in 2016. His bio for what he did prior to college reads,
“Played varsity for coach Jerry Smith for three seasons…In 2015 he participated in the Treasure Coast Mike Picano Senior All-Star Game…He was also named 2015 Florida Region Honorable Mention and was USSSA National Champion…Kyle trained with former MLB pitchers Rusty Meacham, Brook Fordyce, and Scott Proctor…He intends to major in business at FDU.”
This Isn’t the First Time McLaughlin Has Been Implicated In a Cheating Scandal
According to CBS Sports, McLaughlin was also implicated in a cheating scandal during Game 3 of the Indians-Astros playoffs. The Indians went so far as to file a complaint to the MLB claiming that the Astros were attempting to film the inside of their dugout; what’s more, the Indians even warned the Red Sox of this scheme. Following Game 3, Astros manager A.J. Hinch said of the situation, “I’m aware of something going on, but I haven’t been briefed. I’m worried about the game.”
It appears that the same issue has arisen once more. Metro Boston reported that a man (McLaughlin) was removed from the media area near the Sox dugout during Game 1. More specifically,
“In the third inning of the first game of the series, security removed a man claiming to be an Astros employee from the media-credentialed area next to the Boston Red Sox dugout, according to multiple security sources who were on the scene at the time of the incident. The man had a small camera and was texting frequently, but did not have a media credential.”