Tony La Russa's Idea to Stop Sign-Stealing: Make the Runner Turn His Back

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Tony La Russa’s Idea to Stop Sign-Stealing: Make the Runner Turn His Back

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While one of his pitchers hurls (historically-founded!) accusations at his NLDS opponent, White Sox manager Tony La Russa is offering his thoughts on how to prevent sign-stealing.

This is un-parody-able:

Setting aside the fact that a baserunner using his eyes to steal signs is widely accepted as just part of the game, I am dying thinking about a guy at second having to constantly turn around – no peeking!!! – and an umpiring giving him permission to turn back around. As I said, I don’t even know how to parody that.

Besides, the Astros would just install mirrors on their shoes or whatever and derail the whole plan.

If you *actually* want to do away with sign-stealing – which is probably a decent idea for pace of play, because then you don’t have endless arrays of signs – it’s not complicated in 2021. You just use a device. The pitcher receives beeps on his wrist from the catcher, and that tells him what pitch to throw. Done. Easy. No one even has to turn their back around and be a good boy.



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.