If it’s true that you ain’t tryin’ if you ain’t cheatin’, the Houston Astros have apparently been trying very hard as they’ve become one of the best teams in baseball. According to former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers, there was a whole lot of trying, in terms of stealing signs from the opposition, in 2017 when Houston won the World Series.
That’s just one of the topics Pat Ryan and I discussed on Wednesday’s WISE Sports Radio baseball segment. We also talk about the Manager of the Year award winners and look ahead to the Cy Young Award and Most Valuable Player announcements.
[Note: There was a glitch in the recording around the 13:10 mark, some kind of hiccup with my internet connection. Sorry about that.]
Well, I got one of the Cy Young Award winners right. Either Justin Verlander or Gerrit Cole deserved the honors. But I’m happy that a former Detroit Tiger won it again. And as I said to Pat, I wouldn’t have chosen either of the National League candidates. (Though I would’ve been in a very small minority, since Stephen Strasburg finished fifth in balloting.)
For those wondering how the Astros relaying stolen signs to batters by hitting a trash can may have worked, @jomboy on Twitter went back to some 2017 games and found evidence.