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Tuesday, September 08, 2020

Struggling Javy Baez sounds off on inability to watch video of previous at-bats during games

“To be honest, it sucks because I make my adjustments during the game,” Baez said after collecting three hits in Chicago’s 5-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. “I watch my swing. I watch where the ball went, where the contact was. I’m mad. I’m really mad about that we don’t have it.”

Baez is hitting .205 and has struggled for much of the shortened season. Like many players, the 27-year-old normally heads to the replay room to watch his at-bats and make adjustments for his next trip to the plate. But Major League Baseball cracked down on video, and protocols put in place during the coronavirus pandemic all but assured that there would be no way to monitor usage properly. Now players can’t watch their at-bats until after games.

“We didn’t cheat,” Baez said. “We’re not cheating, and we got to pay for all this. It’s tough ... but a lot of players are struggling, too. A lot of stars are struggling, and I’m just one more.

“The way that it is is not the way we play baseball. And I need video to make adjustments and during the game. It doesn’t matter who is there to watch us. It doesn’t matter if we have all the police the MLB wants to send over here.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 08, 2020 at 10:29 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: javier baez, sign-stealing

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Dodgers’ Joe Kelly sounds off on Astros players’ handling of sign-stealing investigation

Kelly made his comments as a guest on “The Big Swing,” a podcast hosted by teammate Ross Stripling.

“The people who took the fall for what happened is nonsense,” Kelly said. “Yes, everyone is involved. But the way that [sign-stealing system] was run over there was not from coaching staff. ... They’re not the head boss in charge of that thing. It’s the players. So now the players get the immunity, and all they do is go snitch like a little b——, and they don’t have to get fined, they don’t have to lose games.”....

“When you take someone’s livelihood ... to save your own ass, that’s what I don’t like,” Kelly said. “Cheating? They cheated. Everyone knows they’re cheaters. They know they’re cheaters. It’s over. That’s been there, done that. But now they mess it up by ruining other people’s lives, so they f—-ed it up twice. ... When you taint someone’s name to save your own name, this is one of the worst things that you could probably do. ... That really friggin’ bugs me. I think I’ll be irritated forever.”

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 13, 2020 at 05:52 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: joe kelly, sign-stealing

Friday, July 31, 2020

Astros owner Jim Crane opens up on sign-stealing scandal: ‘It weighs on all of us every day”

“People are aggravated the players didn’t get suspended,’’ Crane said, “but I didn’t have anything to do with that. That was (Commissioner) Rob (Manfred’s) call. Listen, it’s always going to be whatever you want to call it. A black mark. An asterisk. It happened. It’s not good for anybody. It’s not good for the game.

“We broke the rules. We got penalized. We were punished. There’s no doubt it weighs on all of us every single day.

“But I don’t know what else they want us to do. I mean, you couldn’t do a lot more. We took a big penalty. Rob (Manfred) sent a message. We accepted the message, and went above and beyond.

“We’re sorry. We apologized. But no matter what happened, it wasn’t going to be enough. People wanted me out of baseball. They wanted players to be suspended. They wanted everything.’’

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 31, 2020 at 11:03 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, jim crane, sign-stealing

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Memo details new MLB rules to discipline electronic sign-stealing

A detail in the new regulations that seems a specific result of the Astros’ sign-stealing scheme is that no team is allowed to install or use any camera that captures an image of the catcher’s signs. Players and team personnel can utilize any video from prior games to identify an opponent’s signs or pitch information if it happens before the first pitch of a game, and that information can be relayed to other team personnel only prior to the start of a game.

The one exception to the sign-stealing rule is what players have always done to acquire a competitive edge: If a baserunner or coach identifies an opposing team’s signs or pitch information through his own unaided observation of the pitcher, catcher or opposing team’s dugout, that person may communicate that information to an on-field player or coach….

In terms of sanctions, MLB may discipline any individual who commits any violation to the regulations. Discipline may include suspensions without pay or service. Teams, executives and off-the-field personnel who commit any violations can also be fined, suspended or lose benefits.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 30, 2020 at 09:10 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: sign-stealing

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Bad blood erupts between Astros, Dodgers in opener

It took six innings for tensions to boil over between the Astros and Dodgers.

Benches cleared between the sixth and seventh innings after Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly twice threw at the upper body of a player from the 2017 Astros. No punches were thrown, but the two groups yelled back and forth for about 30 seconds before order was restored.

Both bullpens emptied to join, too, a release of five months of frustration after the fallout of the Astros’ 2017 sign-stealing scandal. The Dodgers, whom the Astros defeated in seven games to capture the 2017 World Series, were vocal in their displeasure with the club’s cheating and its apology attempts in February.

With one out and a three-run Dodgers lead, Kelly threw behind Alex Bregman with a 96 mph, 3-0 pitch. Bregman took his base without incident or words toward Kelly. Kelly yawned on the pitcher’s mound after he threw the pitch.

Carlos Correa, already 2-for-2 with a home run, arrived with two outs. Kelly began the plate appearance with two inside fastballs — the first of which put Correa to the dirt.

Kelly eventually struck out Correa on six pitches to end the frame. As the teams departed the field, Kelly and Correa immediately began to argue. Umpires tried to intervene but, by then, both benches were emptying. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts and Astros manager Dusty Baker came to the front, calming their clubs.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 29, 2020 at 12:23 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, sign-stealing

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Tipster leaks evidence alleging Yankees used camera to steal signs in 2018 playoffs

In the midst of a shortened season in a pandemic, the Yankees could be facing similar allegations to that of the Houston Astros from the 2017 postseason. Per an anonymous tip, the Yankees had an ‘eye in the sky’, if you will, in the stands to steal signs.

Take with that video what you will, but should any of said allegations against the Yankees prove to be true, it would expose an astounding level of hypocrisy in the Bronx. New York had been one of the more outspoken ball-clubs against the illegal actions committed by the Astros in their 2017 World Series-winning season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 28, 2020 at 10:57 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: sign-stealing, yankees

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Judge unseals letter from MLB commissioner Rob Manfred to Yankees regarding sign-stealing, per report

Major League Baseball and the Players Association may be continuing their back-and-forth regarding a potentially modified season in light of the spread of the novel coronavirus, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing else interesting going on in the sport. For instance, consider that on Friday U.S. District Court judge Jed S. Rakoff ordered that a letter sent from commissioner Rob Manfred to the New York Yankees concerning a 2017 investigation into sign-stealing be unsealed, according to Brendan Kuty of NJ.com.

Rakoff has given the Yankees and MLB until Monday at noon to submit a version of the letter that is “minimally redacted” to protect “privacy interests” of the individuals involved. The Yankees, predictably, are not pleased with the ruling. “There is no justification for public disclosure of the letter,” team attorney Jonathan Schiller said as part of a statement. The Yankees requested a delay so they could submit an appeal.

Judge Rakoff unsealed the letter as part of a class action case brought against the league, the Houston Astros, and the Boston Red Sox by DraftKings players.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 13, 2020 at 02:16 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: sign-stealing, yankees

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Alex Cora: Astros’ sign-stealing wasn’t two-man show

“There has been a narrative out there of what happened. Ever since mid-November until the commissioner announced the results of the Red Sox investigation, I have read many things that are true and many others that are not,” he said. “Out of this whole process, if there is one thing that I completely reject and disagree with is people within the Astros’ organization singling me out, particularly [former general manager] Jeff Luhnow, as if I were the sole mastermind. The commissioner’s report sort of explained, in its own way, what happened. But the [Astros players] have spoken up and refuted any allegations that I was solely responsible.”

He added: “If there is one thing I am absolutely sure of, it is that it was not a two-man show. We all did it. And let me be very clear that I am not denying my responsibility, because we were all responsible.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 11, 2020 at 05:04 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, sign-stealing

Friday, April 24, 2020

The Red Sox Got Slapped on the Wrist for Their Illegal Sign-Stealing

Tonight, on As The Red Sox Turns:

If you were hunkered down under a stay-at-home order waiting for Major League Baseball to release its long-awaited report on the Red Sox’s illegal sign-stealing efforts, then we have good news for you: the wait is over. On Wednesday, the league announced the conclusions of its investigation and the punishments handed down by commissioner Rob Manfred. If you were expecting the discipline to be comparable to that received by the Astros in January, you may want to get back to binge-watching Tiger King, because according to the report, there simply isn’t a lot to see here.

In the case of the Astros, when Manfred issued his report on January 13, he found that the team illegally stole signs during the 2017 regular and postseason and into the 2018 regular season. He suspended president of baseball operations Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch for the 2020 season (both were fired by owner Jim Crane within hours), fined the team $5 million (the maximum allowed under MLB’s constitution), and stripped them of their first- and second-round picks in both this year’s and next year’s amateur drafts. When it came to disciplining the Red Sox, however, Manfred only found evidence that the illegal sign-stealing occurred during the 2018 regular season; suspended only J.T. Watkins, the team’s video replay system operator; stripped away only its second-round pick in this year’s draft; and did not fine the team. As with the Astros, no players were punished.

The baseball world waited 3 1/2 months for this? A previously unknown backroom employee has taken the fall for an entire organization while those above him escaped without punishment — it doesn’t get much more anticlimactic than that, nor does it make a whole lot of sense, given the need for intermediaries between the video room and the dugout. And it certainly isn’t a severe enough punishment to act as a deterrent. There isn’t a team among the 30 who wouldn’t trade a second-round draft pick and a single baseball operations employee for a world championship.

Per the report, both former president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, who was fired in September, and current general manager Brian O’Halloran were found to be not at fault, having complied with MLB’s mandate to communicate league rules regarding sign-stealing to coaches, players, and non-uniform personnel. Former manager Alex Cora, who was implicated as being central to the Astros’ 2017 sign-stealing efforts in his role as the the team’s bench coach, was suspended through the 2020 season, the same penalty that Hinch and Luhnow received; however, he was not additionally disciplined for infractions in Boston.


 

 

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