Chicago Cubs: MLB camera scandal implicates an NL Central rival

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 27: The main scoreboard in centerfield is seen after a game between the New York Mets and Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on June 27, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 27: The main scoreboard in centerfield is seen after a game between the New York Mets and Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on June 27, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images) /
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The Milwaukee Brewers, one of the biggest rivals for the Chicago Cubs, have been implicated in the recent sign-stealing scandal that has rocked the game.

Sign stealing is a dark art, like government spying, it’s both reviled and admired.  It used to be the work of base runners on second. Now apparently it seems to have risen to the level front office shenanigans.

It’s pretty common knowledge that former Dodger and current Cubs hurler Yu Darvish reportedly tipped pitches in the 2017 World Series.  Picking up “tells” by a pitcher is as old as baseball itself.  But sign staling is another thing.

Signs are used precisely to keep the opposing team from knowing your intentions.  So those teams and individual players who engage in sign-stealing are scrutinized by opponents and sometimes active countermeasures are used, like in this situation involving the Cubs Javier Baez in 2018 against the Rockies.  Now it’s more likely Baez was doing some of that El Mago stuff to get inside DJ LeMahieu‘s head…but who knows?

Players messing with players is one thing. But when it rises above on-field antics and efforts then some scrutiny is bound to happen. Indeed it is happening now.

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