You can’t steal signs if you already know what’s coming.
In an effort to crack down on sign-stealing, Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer intentionally tipped his pitches during an at-bat Monday against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Bauer was seen moving his glove around while facing Dodgers outfielder Matt Beaty, and teammate Derek Dietrich confirmed the unprecedented strategy in a dugout interview with Fox Sports Cincinnati.
“If you’ve followed baseball this offseason, there’s a little thing going on with sign stealing,” Dietrich said, in reference to the ongoing Astros saga. “So, Trevor’s not too fond of it, so he figured he’s gonna try something new this season. And he’s gonna start telling the batters what’s coming. And that way there’s no ifs, ands or buts about what’s going on. Just here it comes, try to hit it.”
Beaty, a 26-year-old outfielder who hit .265/.317/.458 in 99 games last season, was the only batter who was tipped off during this game, and ended up lining out to center field.
This was just another twist in the aftermath of the Astros scheme, which has seen Houston eviscerated for illegally stealing signs in 2017 — when they won the World Series — and parts of 2018.
Bauer has been among the most outspoken, most recently saying “F–k you” to the entire Houston organization.
He also suggested that Astros pitchers may have used a sticky substance to make them more effective, which Yankees ace and former Astros hurler Gerrit Cole refuted last week.
Bauer pitched three scoreless innings Monday, and was 11-13 with a 4.48 ERA last season with the Cleveland Indians and Reds.