Letter to the editor: Astros, Red Sox sign-stealing scandal

Posted 1/29/20

 

Every bona fide player and fan knew about the Yankees having the scoreboard guy watching with binoculars. That was in Billy Martin’s days and before electronic …

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Letter to the editor: Astros, Red Sox sign-stealing scandal

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Every bona fide player and fan knew about the Yankees having the scoreboard guy watching with binoculars. That was in Billy Martin’s days and before electronic scoreboards. 
Signals are a very large part of the game, and are taught beginning with little league. A base runner on second base watches the catcher and signals to the bench, where they are relayed to the third-base coach then to the batter, giving him some advantage. They also can be signaled directly to the batter, but that is usually too sophisticated or quick. Everyone has to figure what type of pitches the catcher is calling for, and they change them occasionally.
It works both ways. The team in the field can pick up signs for the batter to bunt or lay off the next pitch, and for the runner to steal a base.  
The problem seems to be the electronic era, which elevates that part of the game to cheating.
Tom Graham,
Arvada

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