New York Yankees catcher Russell Martin isn’t mad at the Toronto Blue Jays for stealing signs. He’s upset with himself for not noticing sooner.
Martin claimed the Blue Jays were relaying information from second base to the batter during Toronto’s 16-7 victory Thursday night that started off with an eight-run outburst in the first inning.
“You move your head one way it’s a fastball, you move your head the other way it’s a slider,” Martin said after the game. “It was pretty blatant.”
But before Friday’s game, Martin made it clear he didn’t consider Toronto’s behavior out of line.
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“I was more angry at myself for figuring it out too late,” he said. “There’s a reason you give multiple signs.”
Martin said it was the fourth inning Thursday when he switched signs with slugger Jose Bautista on second base and Aaron Hill at the plate. Hill’s at-bat ended with a swinging strikeout.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi, a catcher in his playing days, agreed with Martin that the onus is on the defense to protect signs from being stolen.
“It’s studying your opponent is what it is,” Girardi said. “To me, it’s not cheating because you’re studying something. You’re looking for signs. Signs can be tipped a lot of different ways. … If you know it, are you not going to use it?”
Toronto manager John Farrell, a former pitcher, said he was “unaware” of anyone stealing signs.
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