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Tim Flannery on sign stealing in baseball

From Tim Flannery on sign stealing in baseball …. They are fining teams who try to steal signs … out just in time .

Ok…I feel a need to speak out, normal is changing, and today’s norm is not the norm.
For 26 years I was in the big leagues , 10 as a player, 16 as a 3rd base coach , 20 if you count the other years learning the craft in the minor leagues , from Boise , to Wichita. The seriousness of the writer, the expertise from the front office man, the commissioner, to those who have never lived it. Here it is…I have 25 World Series games under my belt, 7 elimination games, and a 7th game of a World Series. 5 World Series ,3 World Championships I know it don’t mean much to those in front of a computer, with the answers and all the rules. So I’m gonna make a long story short. I had a video camera on every 3rd base coach every single night, I spent hours logging tapes trying to steal your signs and finding a way to beat you. You as well did it, in New York I knew the Valentine Mets did it, I knew the Cubs did it, I knew the Dbacks, St. Louis did it, I caught them, that’s when the fun begins , you fuck em up by changing signs, you tell the boys ” if I put a hit and run on first pitch don’t do anything, they will pitch out and now they don’t have the signs, and you’re in a hitters count” the list goes on and on

…..if you aren’t smart enough ( and believe me this isn’t rocket science, it’s being somewhat aware) it’s your fault, now the game is turned into no breaking up double plays , don’t slide hard at home, don’t block the plate.if you are not creative enough to derail them, you’ve stopped thinking. As far as some of the greatest baseball writers who I love, read and listen to, and hang with. You are so off on the sign stuff. It’s a high stakes poker game, big money especially as coaches . If you get caught , if your signs are stolen and you don’t know in the moment they are close, they are on you

…your not thinking, and now because of that the commissioner comes in not understanding, the writers write stealing signs is wrong. We had an advance scout that could watch your 3rd base coach for 3 days and be real close to getting his signs. He would send his report and I would watch you, or have a camera on you, if you haven’t played , you don’t understand how important this part of the game should be. You don’t understand I would not only try and steal your hit and run sign, I would put our hit and run on that my guys knew, then in the same sequence put the other teams hit and run on so when they look at their cameras that we all used to steal the signs they would see and in their minds ” shit they have the same sign for hit and run we have”. It’s propaganda war fare, its trying to beat you……so why you claim people aren’t watching baseball because it takes to long, I say your taking the smarts out of it.

…I tried every night for 16 years to steal your signs either writing every thing you did down, or by looking at tapes because I had a camera on you, just like you had on me. Please leave the game alone, and every writer who wrote articles on in church Sunday,because I know for a fact everyone of you looked at body language , vibe, and found a way to snake another writer to get the feature, get the win., leaving it with no creativity, no thinking, and the dumbing down of the greatest game ever……not that I know anything about it….Peace Tim Flannery.

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