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Damn, this offseason is crazy. I wonder what's next. Maybe MLB will mandate TSA-type metal detectors and transparent uniforms. :thumb:
 

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Even if you are sign stealing, YOU STILL HAVE TO HIT /FIELD/ PITCH THE BALL TO WIN A WS CHAMPIONSHIP
Any major league hitter who knows to a certainty that an off-speed pitch is coming will hit that pitch into the parking lot 9 times out of 10. It's like playing wiffle-ball with an 8-year old. In a game won and lost by inches, it presents a CLEAR advantage. Your team is talented, but your title is tainted whether you like it or not.
Also, it takes a special kind of arrogance to believe that all of this would not at some point come to light.
I would be willing to bet that lots of teams were using the replay rooms to their advantage.
Ah yes, the "everybody does it" defense.
 

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Any major league hitter who knows to a certainty that an off-speed pitch is coming will hit that pitch into the parking lot 9 times out of 10. It's like playing wiffle-ball with an 8-year old. In a game won and lost by inches, it presents a CLEAR advantage. Your team is talented, but your title is tainted whether you like it or not.
Also, it takes a special kind of arrogance to believe that all of this would not at some point come to light.

Ah yes, the "everybody does it" defense.
Well, everybody does do it. BB teams have been stealing and relaying signs since there was BB. Just like the NFL bounty gate. But if you're the one that gets caught, then you pay the price. :doh:
 

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Any major league hitter who knows to a certainty that an off-speed pitch is coming will hit that pitch into the parking lot 9 times out of 10. It's like playing wiffle-ball with an 8-year old. In a game won and lost by inches, it presents a CLEAR advantage. Your team is talented, but your title is tainted whether you like it or not.
Also, it takes a special kind of arrogance to believe that all of this would not at some point come to light.

Ah yes, the "everybody does it" defense.
I'm not defending it - I just think it is really naive of the MLB that they didn't anticipate or do more to prevent sign stealing using the replay tools that MLB enabled/allowed. They didn't start putting MLB watchdogs into the replay rooms until the 2018 playoffs (per The Athletic report).
 

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League found no evidence to support the buzzer shit.

 

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Uh huh. There was also no steroids used in the 90s. This is MLB on damage control. It's already been backed up by players. Story isn't over yet. It'll get worse.

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in a big ass ballpark, where echoes are everywhere, especially in a game that hardly has ANYONE in the seats as in that video above, anything could make those noises. People will see and hear what they want to with this I guess.

Sign stealing isn't against the rules, electronic means yes, but the concept of stealing signs has been going on forever, now this story from the 80's certainly quantifies in the 'electronic' sign stealing side since they were using a light on the scoreboard to signal the batter.


Even if, IF for a minute players were wearing buzzers, how many times have we seen Altuve/Bregman/Guriel/Springer/Correa slide into base. Good chance something might come out as the result of the slide, or if jersey tears and then they'd be outed, so IMHO it's a big risk to do something like that. Plus you need the device to be small, and it'd need to have one hell of a range so the alleged signaler is close enough so the device buzzes. Even if they were sitting behind home plate, someone would see the signaler, somehow someone would see it. If people were astute enough to see the two bimbos flashing Cole, someone would have seen the signaler.

If people are picking out banging noises in a noisy, echoey ballpark, I'm waiting for someone to say they can discern the audible buzz of one of these devices, and don't worry, Crotch will post the video!!!!
 

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Screw all this I just want to know what the players are talking about when they reach base.
 

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you want to talk championship cheating/scandals....then look to the MotoGP 2015 world championship.....
 

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Wait till robotic enhanced athletes compete with their horrified human opponents..like..wait

Serena and Venus ?
 

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The season is going to have some interesting changes.

DRUGS
Associated Press. SAN DIEGO -- Major League Baseball will start testing for opioids and cocaine, but only players who do not cooperate with their treatment plans will be subject to discipline.
Marijuana will be removed from the list of drugs of abuse and will be treated the same as alcohol as part of changes announced Thursday to the joint drug agreement between MLB and the players' association. In addition, suspensions for marijuana use will be dropped from the minor league drug program.
The changes come months after the July death of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs. A toxicology report revealed the 27-year-old had a mix of alcohol, fentanyl and oxycodone in his body when he died.

NETTING
NBC. Dec. 11, 2019, 8:52 PM EST / Updated Dec. 11, 2019, 10:06 PM EST
Dec. 11, 2019, 8:52 PM EST / Updated Dec. 11, 2019, 10:06 PM EST
By Andrew W. Lehren and Michelle Tak
Every Major League Baseball team next season will expand netting that protects fans from foul balls, baseball commissioner Rob Manfred told CNBC in an interview Wednesday.
The move comes after growing concerns about fans being injured or sometimes killed by foul balls. An NBC News investigation in October found at least 808 reports of injuries to fans from baseballs from 2012 to 2019. The injuries include concussions and permanent vision loss. In 2018, a grandmother celebrating her 79th birthday at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles died after being hit in the head by a foul ball.

PITCHING
The more significant changes will come in 2020. Most notably, all pitchers will be required to pitch to a three-batter minimum or though the end of a half-inning, with exceptions for injuries or “incapacitating illness.” The rule was implemented unilaterally by the Office of the Commissioner.

The rule effectively signals the end of the lefthanded specialist, whose job often was to face a single lefthanded hitter before being pulled regardless of the outcome. Marc Rzepczynski and Boone Logan are some of the relievers who fill that role today, while former starters such as Oliver Perez have been able to extend their careers by becoming lefty specialists.




THERE ARE MORE:
https://www.baseballamerica.com/stories/mlb-mlbpa-announce-rules-changes-for-2019-and-2020-seasons/

https://www.si.com/mlb/2019/11/15/baseball-rule-changes
Trashcans ready to bang!
 

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Now the report is Altuve, Bregman, and others wore buzzers under their jerseys. I'll take the steroid guys all day over these clowns.

So they ban Pete Rose for betting on his team to win and let the results of these tainted world series wins stand? There is more cheating going on than the Tour de France and Olympic 100M final combined.
 




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