Maddon on Jays alleged assisted sign-stealing: "We have not thought that this year"
Rays manager Joe Maddon had an interesting response when informed that the Yankees suggested the Jays "could be" using extraordinary methods - such as with binoculars or electronic devices - to steal signs: "We have not thought this year.''
Maddon said he is all in favor of traditional sign stealing - and in fact he is favor of - but not when it's done by people not on the field, including runners on second base, or in the dugout.
"I'm all for stealing a third-base coach's signs or if a manager is not hiding his signs to whomever or if a catcher goes out, whatever, those signs are there to be stolen,'' Maddon said. "That's part of the game. Utilizing technology to do that I think is inappropriate. ... That's bad form, I don't agree with that. I love a good sign-stealer, that's my kind of guy. ... The other stuff is purely cheating and definitely does not have a part in the game.''