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Sign-stealing Newsbeat

Friday, April 30, 2021

Why sign stealing is acceptable in baseball, but there’s a place to draw the line

Twice within the last week, there’s been at least mild controversy made over the matter of sign stealing that leads me to believe we could take a collective breath here. Let’s review the instances:

Saturday, Padres wunderkind Fernando Tatis Jr. took Dodgers starter Trevor Bauer deep. A bit later, some 2021-version Zapruder-like footage emerged of Tatis possibly glancing back toward catcher Will Smith’s signs. Bauer tweeted about it. It went viral, and drew the ire of many fans. A column in the LA Times brought up the 2017 Astros and said the Dodgers, “once again had been robbed, embarrassed and played for fools.” Bauer didn’t take kindly to the possibility that Tatis was peeking. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, via, “when you talk about peeking, that’s just not the way you play baseball. If that is the case, which I don’t know, that’ll be noted.”

Monday, Tigers legend Miguel Cabrera said the White Sox were accusing them of relaying signs from second base. He was none too happy. Here are Cabrera’s comments, via “It was the second baseman because he tried to tell the catcher and the pitcher we passed the sign. I mean, come on, that’s some (expletive). I don’t play that game. You need to respect. You don’t need to show up me or somebody or the runner on second, trying to say we passed the sign from second. Come on, get the (expletive) out of here. That’s not right.”

In taking the brief description of both instances into consideration, it tells me that the sport hasn’t completely healed since the 2017 Astros and, to a lesser extent, the 2018 Red Sox were both caught electronically sign stealing. These were sign-stealing scandals involving back-to-back World Series champions. Legions of casual fans found out there was cheating done by the champions and hear the word “stealing” in there. That must mean all sign stealing is bad, right?

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 30, 2021 at 09:40 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: sign-stealing

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Mike Bolsinger’s Lawsuit Against Astros over Sign-Stealing Scandal Dismissed

A judge in California dismissed a lawsuit against the Houston Astros filed by former MLB reliever Mike Bolsinger, according to The Athletic’s Daniel Kaplan.

Bolsinger filed suit in February 2020, alleging the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal irreparably damaged his career. In what remains his last MLB appearance, he allowed four earned runs over a third of an inning while with the Toronto Blue Jays in an August 2017 game in Houston.

Judge David Cowan of the Los Angeles Superior Court didn’t find Bolsinger’s suit had merit.

“If that’s sufficient to sustain jurisdiction in California, it would be sufficient to sustain jurisdiction in any state of the United States that has an American League team,” Cowan said, per Kaplan.

The judge went on to say Bolsinger purposefully chose to pursue the case in California to potentially capitalize on any lingering resentment toward the Astros after they defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2017 World Series:

“I don’t think that’s what we’re talking about. In this case, what we’re talking about is the fact that every single person that would be a witness in this case, lives in Texas. There is no single contact between California and this case … I don’t think you took a state out of the blue, you took the Los Angeles Dodgers out of the blue and perhaps thought it was, that perhaps the jury or even the judge could feel badly about the fact that the Houston Astros won the World Series.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 18, 2021 at 11:39 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, mike bolsinger, sign-stealing



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