Thursday, January 16, 2020


You're really gonna call out a major league ballplayer for doing the right thing and shedding light on the sign-stealing scandal, Jessica Mendoza? Really? You're really gonna screw over your Mets team, kiddo.

I guess we just like to keep secrets now. I guess we don't care about steroids in baseball, using technology to steal signs... but betting on baseball... that's bad.  If anything, these cheating techniques being exposed is going to clean up the sport. But I guess Jessica Mendoza likes the game all fouled up.  She needs to be quiet.

The New York Post writes:

"Mendoza, the Mets special assistant and ESPN announcer, criticized former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers for his role in exposing Houston‘s sign-stealing system, which led to the firings of manager A.J. Hinch, general manager Jeff Luhnow and Red Sox manager Alex Cora.

'Honestly, it made me sad for the sport that this is how it all got found out,' Mendoza said on ESPN’s “Golic and Wingo” on Thursday.

'This wasn’t something that MLB naturally investigated or other teams complained about because they naturally heard about and then investigation happened. It came from within. It was a player that was a part of it, that benefitted from it during the regular season when he was a part of the team. When I first heard about it, it hits you like any teammate would. It’s something that you don’t do.'"

First off, you're not a teammate Jessica. I don't even get that. Secondly...what, being a snitch is bad but cheating isn't if it's quiet and contained within a team clubhouse? Are we seriously suggesting this?

Look, you want to "steal signs", you get to second, you see what the catcher's signaling and you look for a pattern that you can relay to your teammates in the hopes to find the opponent's weaknesses. That's clean baseball. Sometimes it works, sometimes it a guess and whatever man... the goal is to win fair and square anyway, so why are these top athletes even going further than that? I'll never know. But that kind of "sign stealing" has been going on since the beginning of time.

But that's not what we're talking about. She thinks that really bad behavior, setting up devices, having a code that can be relayed to the batter... that's alright. You know...TECHNOLOGY. A PLANNED, STRATEGIC OPERATION, that's allowed even though the rules suggest the opposite. Jessica thinks that as long as it's among the players, quiet, even though illegal, THAT'S OK. But they way... SHE'S AN ADVISOR FOR THE METS! What Mets front office person thought it was a good idea to send her out and talk about this... because I'll tell you something, Jessica Mendoza just made it worse for the Mets!

Mike Fiers, now an opponent is a God damn hero for blowing this out of the water.  It's the biggest cheating scandal since steroids. It's bigger these days than Shoeless "Joe" Jackson.

Oh yeah... and that was known as the Black Sox scandal... eight men out... as in 8 men were removed from baseball by Judge Landis in 1921.  That was big... this is bigger.

And I get it. Some idiot in the Mets front office told Mendoza to say something because their beloved Carlos Beltran just got his big Mets manager job and they are trying to deflect.  But she's terrible at it.  Beltran was part of the problem.  Beltran must be fired and Mendoza needs to zip it.

The Mets finally made moves that were good for their team.  But if they keep Beltran, they will be part of the sign-stealing scandal problem too.  Maybe not fair... but accurate.

Let's call this what it is... BS. We all know Alex Cora, Carlos Beltran, AJ Hinch, Luhnow, Crane... all these morons need to be removed from their respective jobs.  Some of them should be banned for life just like those Black Sox from back in the 1920's.

And the biggest problem today is in the Mets front office.  They've never been good at baseball since the days of Gooden and Orosco.  I'd say they've gotten worse every decade.  And from the sounds of it, their advisor just dug them deeper suggesting technological sign stealing is perfectly fine... as long as the public doesn't get wind of it.

I wonder what the Mets have planned this season with Beltran at the helm? After all... My thought is if he decides to cheat... Jessica Mendoza would be fine with it.

Pathetic... all of them.

1 comment:

  1. Conflict of interest! Van Wagenen you're underqualified, give it up.


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