Thursday, October 1, 2009

Pitch-tipping

Watch Joe Mauer allegedly tip pitches for Jason Kubel against the Tigers (link courtesy Deadspin.)

4 comments:

Spruce said...

I hope that's true because it was dang fun to watch. Most drama I've seen in a baseball game in a while. I wish the announcers would pick up on that kind of stuff during the game. I would watch more games.

Ryan Sides said...

I thought the video looked a little off in the first place and here's somewhat confirmation:

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=jp-signstealing100109&prov=yhoo&type=lgns

As a former college baseball player, I can tell you this: Mauer would have to have A LOT of knowledge to figure out the randomness of those coded signals. I've seen so many of them out there (some of which vary by the number of outs or runners on or the count) that to steal a code of signals like that would be nearly impossible. It wasn't like the catcher just put a 2 down...

The Constable. said...

And as someone who went 0x9 in a Village Baseball League (with a sac bunt. That's right, I laid down a sac bunt in a Village rec league), I'll defer to your knowledge.

It could be that Mauer just knew what Verlander was going to pitch on his own and was helping out a teammate. He is, you know, a catcher.

Ryan Sides said...

They do say that Mauer is one of the smartest players in baseball, so I bet he would have had an idea. However, even if he does, he still doesn't know what's going to happen. Pitchers change what they're doing all the time and will pitch backwards to certain hitters or counts or situations. I can tell you this much: if I was hitting and someone was tipping me signs and missed one, I would be beyond pissed because I then looked like a fool. So it seems unlikely, but ya never know...