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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Ryan Zimmerman on electronic sign stealing: ‘It’s the greatest sin that you can do’

When the Nationals faced the Astros in the 2019 World Series, the public didn’t yet know Houston’s electronic sign-stealing scheme helped propel the club to its first championship just two years prior.

But less than two weeks after Washington beat the AL West champs in seven games and claimed a World Series title of their own, The Athletic reported that Houston had in fact been using a live camera feed to steal opposing catchers’ signs and report them back to their hitters in real time by banging on a trash can behind the dugout.

Although Houston was only found to have used the scheme in 2017 and not against Washington this past October, the Nationals changed up their signs frequently and used plastic cards to create intricate sets of signals that could be alternated from inning to inning or batter to batter.

Recently re-signed first baseman Ryan Zimmerman spoke with reporters on a conference call Tuesday just a few hours after the team made his new one-year deal official. When asked about his thoughts on the Astros scandal—one that has also stretched to Boston, where the Red Sox are being investigated for an alleged scheme they carried out in 2018—Zimmerman took a definitive stance against people within the game who use technology to steal signs.

I’d be inclined to find consorting with gamblers worse- but MLB has chosen to go all-in on that…..

 

QLE Posted: January 29, 2020 at 01:11 AM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: dirty rotten cheaters, ryan zimmerman, sign stealing

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   1. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: January 29, 2020 at 03:40 AM (#5920124)
‘It’s the greatest sin that you can do’


Well in a competitive sporting environment, I'm going with throwing the game/match for money; but hey, that's just me.
   2. Omineca Greg Posted: January 29, 2020 at 07:20 AM (#5920127)
The headline is misleading. The quote in context...

The teams also faced off in last year’s World Series, with the Nationals overcoming a 3-2 deficit to win the title in seven games. First baseman Ryan Zimmerman spoke with reporters Tuesday about the Astros' scandal, saying, "I think it’s completely wrong when you start messing with the integrity of the game in any aspect. It’s the greatest sin that you can do.”

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