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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Rob Manfred: MLB ‘Absolutely’ Will Implement New Protocols by Opening Day to Prevent Cheating

After recent sign-stealing scandals in Major League Baseball, commissioner Rob Manfred made clear new protocols will be implemented by Opening Day to prevent cheating.

During an interview with Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci, Manfred said he has considered not making video rooms available to teams once games start. The only monitor available to a team could be a replay screen with an MLB security official standing next to it.

“That’s the first path,” he said. “It is an option. We have talked about it. We are not done on 2020 [protocols], no.”

When asked if more protocols will be in place by the start of the 2020 season, Manfred replied, “Absolutely.”

Wouldn’t it be easier to remove all monitors from positions where teams could have access and have replay conducted by extra officials in the press box?

QLE Posted: January 14, 2020 at 01:00 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cheating, manfred is thinking about it

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

The Life & Death of Jim Devlin, Baseball’s Original Cheat

You can’t cheat an honest man ... except maybe in sports.

In the summer of 1876, a Brooklyn bookie by the name of Fred Seibert tried with his partner, a man named McCloud, to enlist Jim Devlin in throwing a game or two. Devlin flatly rejected Seibert’s overture. The next year, though, on a road trip to New York City, he was introduced to McCloud by the newsstand operator at the hotel in which he was staying. Devlin changed his mind and with that, the Grays lost to Cincinnati ... and then Indianapolis. And so on in the summer of ’77.

Walt Davis Posted: December 04, 2019 at 08:07 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: 19th century, cheating, history, jim devlin

Monday, November 18, 2019

PASSAN: Astros exec suggested using cameras to spy in ‘17, sources say

A familiar name in these circles emerges…

A high-ranking Houston Astros official asked scouts to spy on opponents’ dugouts leading up to the 2017 postseason, hoping to steal signs and suggesting the potential use of cameras to do so, sources familiar with the request told ESPN.

The reaction among those who received an email from Kevin Goldstein, a special assistant to Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow, was mixed, sources told ESPN. Some were intrigued by the idea, sources who received the email said, while others were bothered by the thought of pointing cameras from the stands toward opposing teams’ dugouts, a plan that could have earned them scorn within the scouting community if caught. ...

Goldstein, who did not return a message seeking comment, wrote in the email: “One thing in specific we are looking for is picking up signs coming out of the dugout. What we are looking for is how much we can see, how we would log things, if we need cameras/binoculars, etc. So go to game, see what you can [or can’t] do and report back your findings.”

Stormy JE Posted: November 18, 2019 at 11:04 AM | 184 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, baseball prospectus, cheating, kevin goldstein, sign stealing

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

The Astros stole signs electronically in 2017 | The Athletic (paywall)

Early in the 2017 season, at least two uniformed Astros got together to start the process. One was a hitter who was struggling at the plate and had benefited from sign stealing with a previous team, according to club sources; another was a coach who wanted to help. They were said to strongly believe that some opposing teams were already up to no good.

They wanted to devise their own system in Houston. And they did.

“That’s not playing the game the right way,” said Fiers, who was with the team from 2015-17 and was non-tendered in the offseason after the Astros won the 2017 World Series. “They were advanced and willing to go above and beyond to win.”

Three other sources who were inside the organization in 2017 and had direct knowledge of the scheme discussed its existence on the condition of anonymity.

The article goes into detail about how the Astros did it. More broadly, it discusses the problem of teams league-wide using high tech equipment to circumvent rules, steal signs, and get more in-game information.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: November 12, 2019 at 02:03 PM | 195 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, because of course they did, cheating

Friday, October 25, 2019

A century after Black Sox, baseball cheating goes high-tech

WASHINGTON (AP) — A century after the Black Sox scandal that tarnished the World Series and ushered in major changes in baseball, the notion that millionaire ballplayers would take money to throw a game — much less the World Series — is all but unthinkable.

But that doesn’t mean cheating in baseball is a thing of the past, and there are still concerns about gambling affecting the integrity of the sport.

Today’s scandals revolve around technology — from teams using Apple Watches or high-definition cameras to steal signs to rogue “data scouts” giving bookmakers real-time information from ballparks. It’s hard to gauge how widespread these practices are, but players and managers are paranoid about tech-driven cheating, with teams hurling accusations at one another as recently as this year’s American League Championship Series.

MLB is doing its best to adapt its rulebook to the tech, hoping to keep the sport honest as it failed to do 100 years ago.

A consideration of a rather sensitive subject within the sport.

QLE Posted: October 25, 2019 at 01:08 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: black sox, cheating

 

 

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