Ryan Braun Says the Brewers Have "Never Even Given Signs from Second Base"

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Ryan Braun Says the Brewers Have “Never Even Given Signs from Second Base”

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Noted bastion of honesty and integrity Ryan Braun had a laugh today when asked about whether the Milwaukee Brewers engaged in any electronic sign-stealing, as they’ve been rumored over the years.

He also got very specific in his denial:

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.