The Astros Edge: Triumph and Scandal in Major League Baseball (full documentary)
04 Oct 2023
The inside story of the Houston Astros cheating scandal, the fallout and what it says about baseball today.
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This 90-minute FRONTLINE documentary investigates one of the most explosive scandals in modern baseball: a sign-stealing scheme that would taint the Houston Astros’ 2017 World Series win — the club’s first-ever — and reverberate across the sports world.
Gripping and revealing, the documentary features new and exclusive interviews with former MLB insiders — including a former Astros video manager who speaks out for the first time about the inner workings of the now-infamous sign-stealing scheme, and the most expansive on-camera interview yet with former Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow, who continues to deny awareness of the cheating.
“The Astros Edge” is narrated by producer and reporter Ben Reiter, who has covered the team extensively for Sports Illustrated, in the book “Astroball,” and in the podcast, “The Edge: Houston Astros.” In the documentary, Reiter goes inside the Astros’ journey from the worst team in baseball to the most dominant club of the era, chronicling how their innovative and hypercompetitive approach — data-driven and drawn from Wall Street and Silicon Valley — took shape and changed the game. Then, Reiter probes that approach’s shadow side, piecing together how a “win-at-all-costs” culture inside the Astros helped lead to the cheating scheme.
The documentary also examines MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred’s own investigation into the scandal, which offered immunity to Astros players and resulted in few consequences for those who primarily carried out the cheating.
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“The Astros Edge: Triumph and Scandal in Major League Baseball” is a FRONTLINE Production with Left/Right Docs. The director, producer and writer is Jonathan Clasberry. The producer is Quinton Boudwin. The producer and correspondent is Ben Reiter. The senior producer is Frank Koughan. The executive producers for Left/Right Docs are Ken Druckerman and Banks Tarver. The editor-in-chief and executive producer of FRONTLINE is Raney Aronson-Rath.
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FRONTLINE is produced at GBH in Boston and is broadcast nationwide on PBS. Funding for FRONTLINE is provided through the support of PBS viewers and by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Additional funding is provided by the Abrams Foundation; Park Foundation; the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; and the FRONTLINE Journalism Fund with major support from Jon and Jo Ann Hagler on behalf of the Jon L. Hagler Foundation, and additional support from Koo and Patricia Yuen.