Blame The Man In White

Wednesday, August 10 2011 @ 05:12 PM EDT

Contributed by: #2JBrumfield

Please check out Anders' thread below regarding ESPN The Magazine's controversial article accusing the Blue Jays of stealing signs. Here is the main thrust of the story.

A few of the players in the bullpen turned their backs to the field to fixate on the man in white, while others watched the stadium's radar gun. As soon as each pitch was thrown, those watching the man would call out what they thought he was signaling, and those focused on the radar gun would confirm his signal. Sure enough, the man in white was raising his arms above his head before every off-speed pitch and doing nothing when the pitch being called was a fastball.

The article, written by Amy K. Nelson and Peter Keating, does not name any of the players making the accusations but makes reference to recent comments by Yankees manager Joe Girardi's complaints and Boston colour man Jerry Remy.

In the article, Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia tweeted it best.

"I'm hitting 200 and we get signs at home, that makes sense #clowns". He Tweeted a couple of minutes later: "Teams/pitchers need to accept when we kick their [a--] in the rogers centre n not give excuses Looks like we had verlanders signs #nohitter".
Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos held a press conference to address the allegations and ESPN writer Keith Law spoke with Prime Time Sports' Bob McCown about the controversy.

A tip of the cap to Bauxite chocolatethunder for the heads up.  If nothing else, the controversy should boost white shirt sales and hopefully fans in the outfield wear white and make lots of signals from here on in.