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‘Dark Arts’ and ‘Codebreaker’: The Origins of the Houston Astros Cheating Scheme

‘Dark Arts’ and ‘Codebreaker’: The Origins of the Houston Astros Cheating Scheme

On Sept. 22, 2016, an intern in the Houston Astros organization showed general manager Jeff Luhnow a PowerPoint presentation that featured the latest creation by the team’s high-tech front office: an Excel-based application programmed with an algorithm that could decode the opposing catchers’ signs. It was called “Codebreaker.” This was …

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