September 23, 2021

‘I don’t know if it’s rooted in paranoia, or fact’: MLB GMs on sign stealing, precautions and crossing the line (The Athletic)

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The sport-wide worry about espionage illuminated itself on the television screen of Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey this October. In preparation for his team’s appearance in the American League Division Series, his team took a variety of precautions to prevent sign-stealing from their pitchers and catchers. The maneuvers made little difference; the Yankees swept the Twins. But it still provided context for Falvey as he watched the rest of the playoffs. Every team, it seemed, was behaving as if anxious about their opponents spying on them.

“From pitch one, when there’s multiple [pitch-calling] sequences going on, it’s a little surprising,” Falvey said. “But I do think it speaks to some general concern from it. I don’t know if it’s rooted in paranoia, or fact. That’s a hard thing for me to figure out right now.”

He added, “Part of me wonders if some of the competitive advantage is in a team making you think…

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