Stealing Signs? Cheating or part of the game?
I just finished reading an article from the Wall Street Journal about the Giants stealing signs to win the pennant in 1951 aka Bobby Thompson's "Shot Heard 'Round The World!" and I was wondering what everyone thinks about stealing signs?
Here's the article if you want to read it. It's very interesting and explains how they did it:
There's a video of Joe Mauer allegedly stealing signs that I'm sure most of you have seen. The title of the video even has the words "not cheating" in it so you know what the person who took the video thinks of sign-stealing.
Is sign-stealing still prevalent in today's game? Or at least to this extent where players are hiding in clubhouses and sending messages to the bullpen and/or dugout? Do you consider that cheating?
Does it even matter to the hitter? Do they even want the sign? Does it matter how good of a hitter they are? Say Joe Mauer doesn't want the sign but someone like Drew Butera might want it to help him out a little at the plate?