Quote of the Day: Baseball needs Jose Canseco

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Major League Baseball should bring Jose Canseco underneath their umbrella,
and have him be a key spokesperson on steroids and making good
decisions.

Matt Minkus of the Tucson Citizen without any apparent irony.

You know, the reason why Jose Canseco was able to blow the whistle on steroids like he did was because he may have done more than anyone to popularize steroids among baseball players in the 80s and 90s and thus had all the names to name. And the reason why he did it was because he was dead broke after pissing away over $50 million in career earnings and needed to make a buck.

So sure, his whistle blowing may have served an admirable purpose, but that doesn’t mean you want him to be “a spokesman on steroids and making good decisions.”  Because he did a ton of the former and made hardly any of the latter.

Javier Baez, D.J. LeMahieu have disagreement about sign-stealing

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Fellow second basemen Javier Baez of the Cubs and D.J. LeMahieu of the Rockies got into a disagreement in the top of the third inning of Sunday’s game at Coors Field over sign-stealing.

LeMahieu reached on a fielder’s choice ground out, then advanced to second base on Charlie Blackmon‘s single. While Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story were batting, Baez was concerned that LeMahieu was relaying the Cubs’ signs to his teammates. Baez decided to stand in front of LeMahieu to block any information he might have been giving to Arenado and Story. LeMahieu got irritated and the two jawed at each other for a bit. Umpires Vic Carapazza and Greg Gibson had to intervene to tell Baez to knock it off.

There has always been a back-and-forth with alleged sign-stealing. As long as teams aren’t using technology to steal signs, it’s fair game for players to relay information to their teammates about the opposing team’s signs. Last year, MLB determined the Red Sox went against the rules and used technology — an Apple watch in this case — to steal signs from the Yankees. Other teams in the past have been accused of using binoculars from the bullpen to steal signs. In this particular case with Baez and LeMahieu, there was no foul play going on, just Baez trying to make the Rockies cede what he perceived to be their slight competitive advantage.

The Cubs went on to beat the Rockies 9-7 on Sunday.