Chicago Cubs: Looking back to the 2017 World Series
In this article by Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich in The Athletic, the Houston Astros reportedly used cameras located in the ballpark to steal signs and relay the pitch to the batter using sounds from the dugout. The Red Sox were disciplined by MLB for this very same offense in 2017.
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Seems there perhaps was more going on than those two incidents. Now following on The Athletic piece is a report on Bleacher Nation that the Brewers might also have been using technology to steal signs.
So, as if employing PED-use denier/subsequently suspended abuser Ryan Braun wasn’t bad enough, the Brewers might be looked at as a team that broke MLB’s rule prohibiting the use of electronic devices to steal signs, a rule MLB strengthened after 2017.
To be fair the claim regarding the Brewers is based on more circumstantial evidence. For instance, when playing in Miller Park, umm…Wrigley North, the Cubs catchers went to using multiple signs when the situation didn’t call for doing that, and then there is the vast differential in some pitching performances against the Brewers in home and away games.
None of that “proves” the Brewers cheated, but word has been circulating for some time among players and teams. What is Bernie doing in between all those pitches?