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Yankees are saying the Astros were stealing signs on pitches and signaling the pitch that was coming by whistling in Game 1. Great idea since they lost to NY by a score of 7-0 in Game 1.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/mlb/report-yankees-believe-astros-were-stealing-signs-by-whistling-in-game-1-of-alcs/ar-AAISVEZ?ocid=spartandhp

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I know they cheated in 2017 although sign stealing is not cheating unless you use the sophisticated video methods they did in 2017 which has to be done on a home field. Yet this year in the WS they lost all 4 home games and won the 3 games on the road. I do believe they stole the signals from Glasnow (legally) in Game 5 but Glasnow looked at the tape in the dugout and realized he was tipping off pitches in the first inning. Kind of late after you have already given up 4 runs.

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This is the toughest thing about baseball. Stealing opponent's signs is legal. You can do it from the dugout or second base during the game. You are allowed to watch tape of a player from his previous starts to look for tell tale clues that the pitcher or catcher is tipping pitches. The only thing that appears to be illegal is using technology during the game instead of your eyes to do it. It is a hard standard of cheating to enforce.

The only anti cheating defense is to self scout and see if you can read your own team's pitches. And technically you are cheating if you use high technology live in the game to do it. But if you are able to read that your pitcher or catcher is tipping pitches from the dugout, then it is not cheating. When I played baseball on the lower levels through high school, most of our signs and our opponents signs were pretty easy to read. The signs were not sophisticated. The video technology did not exist to have a big taped library of opposing teams. If you had good peripheral vision, you could steal the catcher's signs from the batter's box as the signs were 1 finger for a fastball, 2  for a curve. Most kids did not have the arm or command to throw much else.. Catchers gave away a pitch's location often by where they set up. The surprise came is when the pitcher could not get it there. Some fastball pitchers on the lower levels were effective for their lack of control and scaring the hitter to swing at bad pitchers to protect themselves.

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