"I don't know, but I can tell you if I hit a HR to get my team to the World Series, they can rip off my pants," he said.
There has been speculation that Altuve may have been wearing some type of electronic device when he hit the walk-off home run against Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman in Game 6 of the 2019 American League Championship Series and sent Houston to the World Series.
As Altuve rounded third base, he signaled to his teammates not to rip his jersey when he crossed home plate. The 2017 AL MVP has denied ever wearing any sort of electronic device during his MLB career.
MLB suspended Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch one year for their roles in the sign-stealing scandal that was established in the 2017 season and was mostly player-driven. The pair were subsequently fired by Houston.
The organization was also fined $5 million and must forfeit its first- and second-round draft picks in 2020 and 2021. No players were fined or suspended.
Sanchez and the Yankees lost to Houston in the ALCS in 2017 and 2019.