Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg has officially moved Ben Revere to left field on a permanent basis, Meghan Montemurro of The News Journal reports. He added that Odubel Herrera, a Rule 5 pick from the Rangers, would likely be in center field on Opening Day.
The move comes somewhat in response to Domonic Brown’s Achilles injury, which will probably keep him out of the Opening Day lineup and may result in a stint on the disabled list. Additionally, Revere has shown subpar defensive skills in center field. Despite his speed, he has taken odd routes to fly balls and has arguably the weakest arm among all outfielders in the majors. Herrera has been a second baseman by trade, but has racked up a fair share of innings in the outfield this spring. He’s also batting .321 through 56 at-bats, so the Phillies wanted to keep his bat in the lineup.
With Revere in left and Herrera in center, Darin Ruf or Grady Sizemore will probably end up in right field for the Phillies on Opening Day.
Danny Picard of Boston Metro reports that, during Game 1 of the ALCS on Saturday, a man claiming to be an Astros employee was removed by security. The man was in the media-credentialed area next to the Red Sox dugout but he did not have media credentials. He was, however, using a small camera and texting frequently. When the man was taken away from the area, an Astros staffer tried to intervene, saying he was authorized to be in the area. Security did not buy the story, so the man was not allowed to return to that area but was allowed to remain in the ballpark.
This wasn’t the first time security had been made aware of the man. Apparently the same man had been up to some shady business during the ALDS against the Indians as well, which means the Astros may have been cheating throughout the postseason.
Representatives from all three teams have thus far opted not to comment on the matter. MLB chief communciations officer Pat Courtney said in an email on Tuesday, “We are aware of the matter and it will be handled internally.”
Teams, especially nowadays, are paranoid in the postseason about sign-stealing, so they’re always doing their due diligence to make sure their signs are secure. Sign-stealing is part of the gamesmanship of baseball. Players and coaches are, obviously, allowed to use their eyes, ears, and mouths to communicate about opposing teams’ signs. They’re not allowed to use any kind of technology, including cameras and cell phones. If the allegations are substantiated, the Astros’ recent and upcoming accomplishments may be looked at with a raised eyebrow.