Dusty Baker, manager of the Houston Astros, says he would sign with the team if they could find a way to make it work.
CHICAGO (WLS) — Astros manager Dusty Baker reacted angrily to remarks made by Chicago White Sox reliever Ryan Tepera about possible sign theft by Houston, calling them “heavy charges.”
“They’re about the same runs, OPS, and everything as we are,” Baker said Monday afternoon. “They’re really better on the road than they are at home.” “I believe they are really better at home than on the road.”
“So I don’t have much to say about it, except that I was listening to Eric Clapton this morning and he had a song called “Before you blame me, you need to look at yourself today.” Do you get what I’m saying? That’s all I’ve got to say about the subject.”
Tepera said that the Astros may be stealing signals when they play at home after the White Sox beat them 12-6 in Game 3 of the ALDS on Sunday, but he didn’t say if they were doing it legally or not.
“They’ve clearly got a reputation for doing some shady things over there,” Tepera remarked after Game 3 on Sunday night. “In comparison to the previous two games at Minute Maid, I believe you saw the swings and misses tonight.”
In Game 3 in Chicago, the Astros struck out 16 times, matching their total from the previous two games. During the regular season, Houston was fourth in the American League in OPS at home and first on the road; the White Sox were third at home and seventh on the road.
Major League Baseball fined the Astros when it was discovered that they utilized technology to steal signs during their drive to the 2017 World Series championship and again in the 2018 season.
During home games, Houston utilized a video feed from a center-field camera to view and interpret the opposition catcher’s signals, according to the MLB inquiry. Players beat on a garbage can to warn batters of impending hitters, thinking that doing so would increase the batter’s chances of getting a hit.
Since then, the Astros haven’t been convicted of anything.
“Are we aware that certain teams are stronger at relaying signals from second base than others? Yes, definitely “Aaron Bummer, a reliever for the White Sox, stated on Monday. “But does it alter anything if I say it’s a little sketchy? Maybe. I’m not sure.”
On Monday, Houston catcher Martin Maldonado tweeted that it’s “always nice to have a little additional incentive.”
It’s always beneficial to have some additional incentive.
October 11, 2021 — Machete Maldonado (@Machete1224)
When questioned about Tepera’s remark, Astros third baseman Alex Bregman, who played for the team in 2017, had nothing to say.
“Whatever works,” remarked Bregman. “Everything is OK. We’re just concerned about winning games. That is all there is to it.”
Tony La Russa, the White Sox manager, didn’t have an opinion on Tepera’s remarks, but he did support his reliever’s right to say anything he pleased.
“I’m not interested in it,” La Russa replied. “I simply can’t seem to get into it. And I try to remember that this is America, and players can say anything they want, and I can opt out if I don’t want to participate. They’re a really strong squad, and I believe they’ll be difficult to defeat. That is my opinion.”
Game 4 was postponed due to rain and will be played on Tuesday. The Astros lead the series 2-1. If required, Game 5 will be played in Houston on Wednesday night. And if that occurs, all eyes will once again be on the Astros.
Bregman said, “People may say anything they want.” “Everything is OK.”
This article was written with the help of the Associated Press.