First thing I thought when I heard this was that Crane will trade off assets to recoup draft picks and he will say he's going to build another champion the way he built the first one, while saving money along the way.It all seems bizarre to me and I don't see how the evidence here was any clearer than the bountygate "evidence".
You have one disgruntled released player, Mike Fiers, who absolutely couldn't hit the broadside of a barn in 2017 making the primary accusation. Then some weird accusation that involves a garbage can, a bat and a video camera (which sounds like the makings of a scooby doo trap).
No I don't buy it. I've been an astros fan since the 70s. I've followed this team. To know more I think I'd need the 50 thousand page report.
My first take is that Jim Crane is a cheapskate who rode the Stros to massive profits under Hinch and Ludnow and now wants to take his chips off the table. This is just an excuse for him to fold the team. It's a shame too because that 2017 WS team was dam good players.
And yes, great and crappy teams have "stolen signs" since the dawn of baseball, just like all football teams have informal incentives. Thier biggest mistake was beating MLB's beloved Yanqueens twice in a championship series.
Exactly what I was going to add. Seems like the sign steeling really did happen. I think the MLB has more evidence than a vague note handwritten on a napkin given to them by a disgruntled former employee.the difference between this and bountygate is that this actually happened.
I get what you're saying, but this could affect base stealing, especially for a right handed pitcher who has their back towards 1st base during his delivery. It could remove the art of deception from the runner on 1st if the pitcher could be told about what's going on at 1st base. I'm not saying it can't be done, it needs to be thoroughly thought out.Unpopular opnion: MLB should just put an earbud and mic in the pitcher and catcher. And maybe the manager during certain times. Screw this whole "stealing signs is OK as long as you do it in a certain way". And you wouldn't need mound visits, providing the speedup the MLB has been looking for
Bruh! It's sad that this has to even be pointed out. It should be obvious at this point, and I am a little disappointed that there is even a thread comparing the two.the difference between this and bountygate is that this actually happened.
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