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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) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Duke Posted: October 29, 2021 at 12:35 AM (#6049797)
Lots of suspicion and no facts. Much like the “everyone took steroids” which didn’t turn out to be very true at all. There were several hubs of activity which Gave the impression of roids being widespread but they likely weren’t.

Cheating is the same. You have the Astros at ground zero and then the Yankees and Red Sox who all appeared to have guys who swapped around and brought the cheating with them. Otherwise lots of smoke about teams like the brewers with zero evidence.
   2. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 29, 2021 at 10:19 AM (#6049836)
Name names, otherwise I don't care.

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