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Monday, November 25, 2019

Sources: MLB querying players on Astros sign-stealing allegations

An update on a scandal:

Major League Baseball officials investigating whether the Houston Astros cheated over the past three seasons by electronically stealing signs have asked players associated with the organization what they know about a range of alleged sign-stealing techniques, sources familiar with the conversations told ESPN on Friday.

Players have been asked about “buzzing,” via the use of Band-Aid-like wearable stickers; furtive earpieces; pitch-picking algorithms; and other potential methods of sign-stealing, the sources said. Accusations about the extent of the alleged wrongdoing have streamed into commissioner Rob Manfred’s office from officials of other teams, the sources said. MLB officials are endeavoring to separate fact from fiction, the sources told ESPN, and the league has not concluded whether any such methods actually have been used.

Players who might have violated league rules have been told by MLB officials they can expect leniency in exchange for answering questions truthfully. But members of the Astros’ front office and coaching staff could face significant punishment upon the investigation’s conclusion if they’re found to have cheated, the sources said. The league has requested to search the phones of certain members of the Astros’ front office, the sources said.

 

 

QLE Posted: November 25, 2019 at 01:46 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, sign-stealing

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Whitewash: Rob Manfred says he doesn’t think sign stealing extends beyond the Astros

Rob Manfred said today that he believes the sign-stealing scandal which has taken over the news in the past week does not extend beyond the Houston Astros. His exact words, via Jeff Passan of ESPN:

“Right now, we are focused on the information that we have with respect to the Astros. I’m not going to speculate on whether other people are going to be involved. We’ll deal with that if it happens, but I’m not going to speculate about that. I have no reason to believe it extends beyond the Astros at this point in time.”

This is simply incredible. As in literally not credible.

It’s not credible because, just last week, in the original story in The Athletic, it was reported that the Astros system was set up by two players, one of whom was “a hitter who was struggling at the plate and had benefited from sign stealing with a previous team, according to club sources . . . 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.”

Commentary on a current scandal, by a long-time site associate.

 

QLE Posted: November 20, 2019 at 12:58 PM | 103 comment(s)
  Beats: coverups, manfred is thinking about it, sign-stealing

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Yu Darvish comment fuels Brewers’ sign-stealing speculation, Christian Yelich fires back

Major League Baseball’s sign-stealing saga may have added a new layer on Friday.

While the league’s focus remains on the Houston Astros following allegations of sign stealing during the 2017 season, the Milwaukee Brewers methods came into question after comments by Chicago Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish led to speculation that Milwaukee’s bullpen was relaying signs to Christian Yelich during a game in 2019.

In a Los Angeles Times story centered around Darvish’s feelings on the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing allegations, the Cubs right-hander referenced a concerning incident from this season.

“Darvish recalled a game this season in which he stepped off the mound multiple times because he noticed something unusual. Batters typically have their eyes set on the pitcher. In this particular game, he observed they were looking into left-center field.”

And now things begin to escalate….

 

QLE Posted: November 16, 2019 at 12:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: christian yelich, sign-stealing, yu darvish

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

‘The paranoia is real’: Keeping fresh signs top of mind for catcher Kurt Suzuki vs. Astros

HOUSTON — He knows they’re watching. They always watch. Then they rewind, watch again.

He knows they’re looking in from second base, from the corners in the coaches boxes, from who knows where. He knows there are rumors about everywhere, every ballpark in every league, how they do it, how they try, some of their methods fair and some perhaps not.

He knows the reputation here. Everybody knows the reputation here, at Minute Maid Park. He also knows the nature of reputations, how one man’s anxiety, one man’s suspicion, becomes the hardened truth in a league of thousands of men willing to believe the worst, which is precisely how paranoia works, and also why Kurt Suzuki wears a wristband to remind him which pitchers use which set of signs, because there’s an awful lot of moving parts out here. And who knows what else.

After some 12,000 innings back there and hundreds of thousands of pitches called and caught and not caught, and at the end of 13 seasons in which not a single one of those innings or pitches had come in a World Series game, Suzuki on Monday afternoon returned to Minute Maid Park, where he’d caught the first of those innings and the first of those pitches, and where he’d play more than 12 years later in the World Series.

Has he considered consulting the Five Man Electrical Band on this subject?

 

QLE Posted: October 22, 2019 at 01:00 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, kurt suzuki, sign-stealing

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Yankees think Astros are stealing signs by whistling

During the 2018 postseason there was a bit of a thing involving the Indians and Red Sox thinking that the Astros were stealing signs and/or spying on their dugouts via the stationing of a team employee nearby. That controversy came and went with Major League Baseball issuing a statement that nothing untoward had happened.

Flash forward to this week and, once again, someone is accusing the Astros of stealing signs. This time, however, the accusation involves a far lower-tech means of doing it. From Andy Martino of SNY:

“Yankees players and coaches became angry with the Astros during Game 1 of the ALCS when they noticed a whistling sound in the Astros’ dugout — which they believed was an over-the-line example of sign stealing, and a violation of the game’s unwritten rules.

According to three sources, a Yankees coach noticed a whistling sound in the opposing dugout on certain pitches on Saturday night in Houston. The Yankees started yelling across the field, and people in the dugouts argued back and forth.

“The whole dugout was pissed,” said one source. “Everyone was chirping.””

Meanwhile, Aaron Boone is getting increasingly convinced that Carlos Correa is hypnotizing Yankees players with his teeth…..

 

QLE Posted: October 17, 2019 at 12:06 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, sign-stealing, whining bunch of crybabies, yankees-no-fun-as-usual

Monday, October 07, 2019

“You Can’t Trust Nobody’: Inside MLB’s War on High-Tech Sign Stealing

“The paranoia is off the charts,” Astros ace Justin Verlander says. “You saw that last year with us. People thought we were doing something. We were trying to make sure the Indians weren’t doing anything. That was just us being paranoid.”

Predictably, nobody in the game is willing to publicly finger those who were cheating or those whom they believe might be cheating. But given assurances of anonymity, several league sources indicate the Astros, Dodgers, Red Sox, New York Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks have been especially adept with technological surveillance. One source mentions the Cubs and Washington Nationals dabble a bit “but not as much as others.” Another source says the Indians, while still another notes the Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers once were suspected as well.

“Every team,” Jansen says. “You can’t trust nobody. You don’t know.”

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 07, 2019 at 07:53 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: sign-stealing

 

 

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