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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Astros owner Jim Crane on Yankees’ Brian Cashman: ‘What are you talking about?’

In the story, published Tuesday, Crane had a particularly fiery line for Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, who previously said that his 2017 team didn’t win the World Series because of the Astros doing “something that was so illegal and horrific.” Last month, the Yankees Letter revealed Cashman’s team also was illegally stealing signs – although not to the level of the Astros – during the 2015 and 2016 seasons.

“I found his comments to be extremely strange,’’ Crane says in the USA Today story. “There’s the letter, and you were doing it, too. You were there, dude. What are you talking about?

“If I was one of the teams, and I knew our team was doing it, I’d keep my mouth shut and just go about our business. But listen, I can only control what’s going on here. I can’t control what the other guys do.’’

Crane also talked about the Astros and their fans taking the brunt of the abuse from fans of opposing teams.

“The thing that’s upsetting is the behavior in some stadiums where people are cussing and throwing things. You wear an Astros jersey at some of these places, and you can get into a fracas pretty quick,” Crane said. “That’s bad for baseball.’’

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 11, 2022 at 06:05 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, sign-stealing, yankees

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

SNY Exclusive: The ‘Yankee Letter’ revealed

For more than two years, the New York Yankees fought the release of the so-called “Yankee Letter,” in which Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred detailed the results of a 2017 investigation into mutual sign stealing allegations between the Yankees and Boston Red Sox.

On Tuesday morning, SNY exclusively obtained the letter, which has not yet been unsealed.

Here are some takeaways:

The letter does not implicate the Yankees in a sign-stealing scheme similar to the one for which the Houston Astros were punished, when batters received the signs in real time without the help of a runner on second base.
It does reveal—as SNY has previously reported it would—that the Yanks used the video replay room in 2015 and 2016 to decode sign sequences and pass them to a runner on second base, who would then relay them to the batter.
For that, the Yankees received a fine of $100,000, a previously unreported amount.
The letter clears the Yankees of using YES Network cameras to steal signs, which the Red Sox alleged.
The letter does not accuse the Yankees of sign-stealing after the crucial date of Sept. 15, 2017, when Manfred announced that from that day forward electronic sign stealing would be subject to more severe punishments. In fact, the letter does not accuse the team of stealing signs at any point during the 2017 season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 26, 2022 at 03:37 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: sign-stealing, yankees

Wednesday, April 06, 2022

MLB to allow pitchers, catchers to use anti-sign-stealing technology during regular season

Pitchers and catchers will have the option of using newly tested signaling devices as they decide what pitches to throw in the upcoming regular season.

This technology could help to advance Major League Baseball beyond the risk of the sign-stealing scandals that have plagued the sport in the past decade.

MLB sent a memo Tuesday advising teams about the approved usage of devices referred to within the industry as PitchCom. Using a pad with buttons on the wrist of the gloved hand, a catcher can signal pitches—pitch type and location—directly to the pitcher through a listening device.

Up to three teammates of the pitcher and catcher will also have access to the signals, aiding fielders in positioning. It is available in English and Spanish.

“It basically eliminates all need to create a sign system, for a catcher giving signs,’’ MLB chief operations and strategy officer Chris Marinak said. “You literally just press a button and it delivers the pitch call to the pitcher. And what we’ve seen so far, it really improves pace of game.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 06, 2022 at 10:48 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: sign-stealing

Monday, April 04, 2022

Carlos Beltrán Addresses Astros Sign-Stealing Scandal for First Time: ‘We Were Wrong’

“A lot of people always ask me why you didn’t stop it,” Beltrán said, per a YES Network transcript of the program viewed by The Athletic. “And my answer is, I didn’t stop it the same way no one stopped it. This is working for us. Why you gonna stop something that is working for you? So, if the organization would’ve said something to us, we would’ve stopped it for sure.”

Beltrán was one of the people who helped come up with the team’s sign-stealing plan, which connected a camera in center field to a video screen located in the tunnel near the Houston dugout. Players and staff would signal pitches to batters in real time by banging a trashcan with a bat.

After commissioner Rob Manfred sent a letter to all teams saying that the league office would take a more serious approach to electronic sign-stealing, Beltrán said the Astros front office had no communication on the issue with the players.

“Well, if [the Astros front office] got the letter, they knew, but they never shared it with us,” Beltrán said. “Nobody said anything to us, you know, nobody said anything. I wish somebody would’ve said something.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 04, 2022 at 11:51 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos beltran, sign-stealing

Monday, March 21, 2022

Appeals court rules letter that allegedly shows MLB hid Yankees’ sign stealing should be unsealed

An appeals court ruled that a letter that allegedly shows that MLB hid a Yankees sign-stealing scheme should be unsealed.

The letter allegedly proves that the Yankees did more than simply improperly using a dugout phone in 2015.

The court also upheld the dismissal of a $5-million lawsuit DraftKings player Kristopher Olson filed with more than 100 other plaintiffs against MLB, the Houston Astros and the Boston Red Sox over the illegal sign-stealing scandal that rocked the sport over the winter of 2019-2020.

“In light of plaintiffs’ attempted use of the letter in their proposed Second Amended Complaint and the district court’s discussion of the letter in explaining its decision to deny plaintiffs’ request for leave to amend in their reconsideration motion, and because MLB disclosed a substantial portion of the substance of the letter in its press release about the investigation, we conclude that the district court did not abuse its discretion in unsealing the letter, subject to redacting the names of certain individuals,” U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Judge Debra Ann Livingston wrote in an opinion released Monday morning.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 21, 2022 at 11:14 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: sign-stealing, yankees

Sunday, March 20, 2022

New pitch-calling device a big hit with Rays battery

Minor Leaguers tested the system in the Low-A California League last summer, but Saturday was the first time Major Leaguers used it in a game. The reviews from the two parties most directly involved were extremely positive.

“It’s something I’m really intrigued with, and hopefully it picks up some steam,” Zunino said. “It’s something that’s really going to get the game moving, I think.”

Said Sanders: “It was very easy to use. There were no hiccups or anything with it, so I definitely would be up to use it in a game.”

For Sanders’ two innings, Zunino attached the PitchCom transmitter—a black object that looks like a remote control, with a number of small black buttons—to a sleeve on his left forearm. Sanders tucked a 6-inch-long, rubbery receiver inside his cap, as did second baseman Brandon Lowe. Zunino also wore a receiver inside the padding of his helmet.

Zunino would press one of the buttons, and over an encrypted channel, each player wearing a receiver would hear a generic male voice—which comes pre-recorded in English or Spanish—say which pitch the catcher had called.

“It’s almost like their version of Siri or Alexa just tells you what pitch to throw,” Sanders said.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 20, 2022 at 02:36 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: sign-stealing

Sunday, February 20, 2022

Vanderbilt baseball debuts wearable ‘pitch-signaling’ devices to cut down sign-stealing, improve pace of play

Major League Baseball may be on indefinite hiatus due to the owner-initiated lockout, but there is baseball being played across the country. The college baseball season began this weekend and our Dayn Perry told you everything you need to know about the Division I season.

Over the weekend Vanderbilt (and several other schools) debuted a new wearable pitch-signaling device. Players wear the watch-like device on their glove hand to receive pitch selection information from the coaching staff. The NCAA approved these wearable devices last year. Here they are in action:

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 20, 2022 at 06:46 PM | 82 comment(s)
  Beats: pace of play, sign-stealing



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