He also got very specific in his denial:
Ryan Braun was asked about sign-stealing. “Everybody’s paranoid that we do it. Everybody’s convinced that we’ve done some of those things, but we’ve never even given signs from second base in my 14 years here.” pic.twitter.com/PYr1Qh5xPG
— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) January 26, 2020
I find it interesting that Braun is very aware of the rumors over the years, and is aware that there has been a particular attachment to the Brewers as possible cheaters. To that, he says – specifically – that the Brewers have “never even given signs from second base.”
From second base.
Setting aside the heavy lifting being done by that particular mention, I think it’s worth commenting on two other things from his remarks:
- No one on the Brewers has tried to steal and relay signs when on second base in the 15 years he’s been with the team? Are you serious? That’s just ridiculous on its face.
- Although Braun calls Miller Park “very hitter-friendly,” the park factor data just doesn’t back that up. By ESPN’s park factors, Miller Park has long been pretty much middle-of-the-park in terms of offensive environment. It probably *feels* like it’s more hitter-friendly than that because the *Brewers* always seem to hit well there …
Do I actually think the Brewers have electronically stolen signs and communicated them to batters? Well, I mean, I’ve heard the rumors for years. Yu Darvish left open some questions on the matter. I can’t say I’m sure they’ve done it. But I don’t think anything Ryan Braun said today dissuades my curiosity.