ESPN published a report Wednesday detailing accusations that the Toronto Blue Jays were stealing signs. They cited four players who told them about the Blue Jays’ methods for stealing signs. According to the players, the Jays had a man dressed in all white sitting in the center field seats. The man would put his hands on his head when the pitch was something other than a fastball. Having this information would eliminate some of the guess work that goes into hitting at the Major League level and provide an advantage at the plate.
Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopolous dismissed the claims saying they’re stupid and that there is no truth to it. Catcher J.P. Arencibia and former CF Vernon Wells laughed off the report. Right fielder Jose Bautista dismissed the report and confirmed it was the White Sox who had made the accusations detailed by ESPN.
Thanks to the detective work of Steal of Home, we are confident the game in question has been identified. On April 13th, 2010, the Chicago White Sox believed the Toronto Blue Jays were stealing signs. Here’s what happened that game.