Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Are the Blue Jays stealing signs?

Stealing signs has gone on for decades, but is one team taking it to another level? ESPN's Amy Nelson and Peter Keating take a deep look into multiple reports of the Toronto Blue Jays stealing signs at their home ball park, The Rogers Centre: Signs of trouble in Toronto

Here's a little taste of the article:

"The players weren't exactly sure how the man in white knew what was coming -- maybe, they thought, he was receiving messages via his Bluetooth from an ally elsewhere in the stadium who had binoculars or access to the stadium feed. But they quickly picked up the wavelength of his transmissions: He was raising his arms over his head for curveballs, sliders and changeups. In other words, anything besides fastballs.
A few of the players in the bullpen turned their backs to the field to fixate on the man in white, while others watched the stadium's radar gun. As soon as each pitch was thrown, those watching the man would call out what they thought he was signaling, and those focused on the radar gun would confirm his signal. Sure enough, the man in white was raising his arms above his head before every off-speed pitch and doing nothing when the pitch being called was a fastball."
                                                              -Amy K. Nelson and Peter Keating

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This entire article is laughable, the worst part is that a reporter can actually print this using a "unnamed source" and it is considered credible. FYI, maybe the "unnamed source" has an axe to grind with the Jays or could it be possible that he was mistaken, have we become so caught up in our lives that we forget that media and athletes are just people like you and I who can make mistakes... and yes, sometimes they actually lie, I know it is hard to believe, however, baseball players have been known to tell a fib or two, I think we need a senate sub commitee to look into this.

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