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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Electronic sign stealing: A scandal two decades ago in Japan

TOKYO (AP) — If anyone thought that using technology to steal catchers’ signs had only blemished Major League Baseball and the Houston Astros — or it’s something new — think again.

Japan went through a similar scandal just over 20 years ago. The Japanese revere baseball as much as Americans and have straddled the same thin line between gamesmanship and cheating.

In a widely covered scandal in 1998, a camera in the Fukuoka Dome was discovered to be focused on the catcher. Officials of the Daiei Hawks — now the SoftBank Hawks — reportedly monitored the signs and relayed them by walkie-talkie to fans in the stands, who then used signals to batters to indicated the coming pitch.

There was no trash-can banging, as the Astros did. Instead, a fan would hold up a megaphone in front of their body to indicate, say, a fastball. Holding it to the right meant curve. On the left was, say, a change up.

A discussion of a current scandal from an international perspective.

 

QLE Posted: January 22, 2020 at 01:07 AM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: japanese baseball, sign-stealing, softbank hawks

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   1. The Mighty Quintana Posted: January 22, 2020 at 03:58 PM (#5918416)
I have watched a game at Fukuoka Dome, what an experience...the extent of fan participation is something more like college football or WWE. I can see how this might disguise something that would stick out like a sore thumb at an American stadium.

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