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A’s complained to MLB about Astros before Mike Fiers outed Houston

It took Mike Fiers’ voice to prompt Major League Baseball to launch an investigation into the Astros’ shady sign-stealing ways, but the A’s were among the teams who had earlier lodged official complaints with Major League Baseball to no avail.

A’s manager Bob Melvin told The Chronicle they suspected Houston wasn’t playing by the rules and alerted MLB, but not much became of their complaint.

“But I don’t know what else they could have done at that point,” Melvin told Susan Slusser on Tuesday.

That all changed in November, thanks to an A’s pitcher’s revelations.