I really haven’t been able to wrap my brain around the whole White Sox-Tigers sign stealing controversy from last week. Or maybe I just can’t be bothered to care. The upshot was that Chris Sale thought that the Tigers were stealing signs and there was some back and forth about it. Sale struck out ten dudes and allowed only one run in that game last Wednesday so I’m not sure what he’s on about, but whatever.
Apparently, though, Sale’s anger about it all spilled over to the next day in the form of an argument with his manager. Paul Sullivan of the Tribune reports:
Chris Sale left the White Sox clubhouse before Thursday’s game against the Royals for reasons the Sox described as “personal.”
What wasn’t known at the time was that Sale and Ventura engaged in a heated shouting match just before Sale’s exit.
Even with the story it remains a tad vague, but it would appear as though Sale was mad at Ventura for not having his back in postgame comments the day before, especially given that Tigers players and Brad Ausmus were making fun of Sale. After the shouting match Sale went home and Ventura offered some tepid criticism of the Tigers and a defense of his guy.
Sign-stealing controversies are always kind of dumb. A lot of major league hitters will tell you that they don’t even want stolen signs flashed to them by their teammates anyway. The thinking being that you don’t have a lot of time to prepare for a pitch in the first place to begin with, so why would you want to take your eyes of the pitcher for the second or two you’d need to focus on the signs being relayed to you by whoever is stealing them? Also, given how easy it is to change signs or to use deception or an indicator if you think the other team is stealing, you can’t always be sure that your guy is stealing the right signs.
Whatever. End of season frustration. Tempest in a teapot.