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Former catcher Erik Kratz stopped by YES Network’s Curtain Call with John Filippelli and Kevin Sullivan and is now claiming the Dodgers were stealing signs in the playoffs.
“I can tell you that a team that has been to the World Series often recently, we caught them doing something almost similar,” Katz said.
This shouldn’t shock anyone since rumors of the Dodgers stealing signs surfaced back in 2018. Robert Murray of The Athletic wrote in October 2018 that the Brewers were “concerned the Dodgers are using video to pick up their signs.”
Ex-Yankees catcher Erik Kratz says the Rockies used a sign-signaling system that involved a TV, a massage gun and their metal bench in 2018: https://t.co/ZgYcdDh3Ud— Brendan Kuty (@BrendanKutyNJ) May 21, 2021
Kratz then joined another podcast and argued that the Rockies were doing “exactly the same thing.”
Which makes one thing abundantly clear: Cheating is rampant in baseball.
Even when commissioner Rob Manfred punishes a team for cheating, nothing changes. The cheating continues. If anything, baseball simply needs to make it more difficult to engage in this activity. Don’t put a video room 10 feet from the dugout if you want players to play the game clean.
Whether the Dodgers cheated is all speculation at this point, and it will likely continue as such. Unless a player comes out with video evidence against a team not named the Astros, who were amnestied, nothing will happen.
This news shows baseball itself has an issue, not a particular team
Cheating is going on everywhere. Pitchers are using pine tar to increase spin rate, batters are using video footage, and some are using steroids. We can’t act like one team decided to cheat when probably half the league is doing the same.
Remember that kid in grade school who used to get caught looking off the person next to him? Yeah, well others were peeking too. They were just better at it.