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Thursday, October 28, 2021

Oakland A’s pitcher Chris Bassitt says Astros weren’t only team in MLB stealing signs

Speaking of all that, A’s right-hander Chris Bassitt recently made some illuminating remarks on Jomboy Media’s The Chris Rose Rotation about the Astros and their past sign-stealing ways. Here’s the relevant transcript excerpt:

Chris Rose: When you’re a pitcher in Houston, Does that ever enter your mind that something transpired there several years ago?

Chris Bassitt: No. It did when they were cheating because we knew they were cheating. Like, we knew what was going on. Every team in the big leagues knew what was going on. But now? No, they’re just, they’re just really, really good.

This is not to open up a massive can of worms. This kind of thing. But like, Houston was not the only team doing stuff. Like there was a lot of people doing stuff. It was just un- ... I mean, fortunately, but unfortunately only one team essentially got caught doing it or was the guinea pig of it to like clean the whole entire league up.

But there was a lot going on. It was like an arms race, almost like it was like hey, this team’s doing this. This team’s doing that, this team’s cheating here. This team’s doing this. Is it happening?  Still? No I think that aspect is completely gone of the game I think that’s clean.

In addition to noting that every team had at least some idea of what was going on in Houston, Bassitt suggests the Astros had plenty of company when it comes to organized sign-stealing. He doesn’t toss out any specifics, but we know a good bit of those from prior actions by the league and reporting from elsewhere.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 28, 2021 at 10:57 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: sign-stealing

Friday, October 22, 2021

Red Sox’s explanation for center field light during Astros’ Game 5 win

Game 5 of the Astros-Red Sox American League Championship Series had a slight delay Wednesday when umpires noticed a light against the outfield wall with the Astros leading big in the sixth inning.

Because the Red Sox have been busted illegally stealing signs before and Red Sox manager Alex Cora was part of the 2017 Astros’ sign-stealing scheme, people immediately jumped to conclusions that something nefarious was going on.

Although FS1 cameras showed what appeared to be a flashlight moving around behind the outfield wall, that’s not what the umpires and managers were talking about at all. Astros manager Dusty Baker said it actually was a piece of reflective tape on the outfield wall and Cora is the one who pointed it out to him.

“I know that Alex Cora had said something about the light out in center, and then he came over to me and said it really wasn’t a light,” Baker said after the Astros’ 9-1 win. “It wasn’t in anybody’s eyes or point of vision or distraction. It was some reflective tape that somebody had put out there. It looked like a light shining off the lights, but I didn’t really see it. I didn’t have the angle to see it.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 22, 2021 at 03:05 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, red sox, sign-stealing

Monday, October 11, 2021

White Sox’s Ryan Tepera suspects Astros may still be stealing signs at home

Ryan Tepera was happy to be in Chicago for Game 3 of the ALDS on Sunday night. He thinks the White Sox will get an honest couple of games there against the Astros.

The right-hander wasn’t very subtle in suggesting that the Astros might still be stealing signs four years after the team put a camera in center field in its home park to spy on catchers and relayed the intel to hitters by beating on a garbage can in the dugout. Houston has been accused of cheating in 2018 and 2019, as well.

“The stadium (Guaranteed Rate Field) was rocking. It’s a different game here at our field, you know,” he said. “You play at Minute Maid (Park in Houston) and they’re doing something over there that’s a little different. It shows you how many swings and misses they had tonight compared to at Minute Maid.

“That’s why you have home-field advantage and tomorrow we’ve got another home-field advantage, so we’re ready to go.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 11, 2021 at 10:07 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, sign-stealing



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