We were not surprised to learn that LeBron James is a baseball expert, as his expertise extends to many areas beyond basketball.
With the proper degree of humility, LeBron tweeted, “Listen I know I don’t play baseball but I am in Sports and I know if someone cheated me out of winning the title and I found out about it I would be F*^ing irate! I mean like uncontrollable about what I would/could do! Listen here baseball commissioner listen to your players speaking today about how disgusted, mad, hurt, broken, etc etc about this. Literally the ball is in your court(or should I say field) and you need to fix this for the sake of Sports!”
LeBron was opining about MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred’s handling of the scandal surrounding the stealing of catchers’ pitch signals by the Houston Astros against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the 2017 World Series.
We have to agree with James about the handling, mostly due to the fact that something that happened in 2017 is still making the news.
Trying to tip batters as to what pitch to expect is a tradition as old as baseball. The Astros apparently crossed the line by using a camera-based system sign-stealing system.
The baseball purist would insist that stealing signs if okay, so long as it is done by a runner at second base. The runner can tip the batter at the plate, or he can go to the dugout following either scoring or the end of the inning and tell his club the code the catcher is using to communicate with the pitcher.
Knowing what the pitcher is going to throw supplies a slight edge to the batter, but the value of that edge is debatable.
A .249 lifetime hitter knowing that an MLB paceman is about to uncork a 154-kph fastball does not make it any easier to hit.
Teams change signs routinely, as often as every inning and even during the inning.
To suggest that stealing signs by any method cost the Los Angeles Dodgers the 2017 World Series is to accept that Chris Waller used Voodoo dolls of Hartnell and Black Heart Bart to give Winx and advantage.
MLB levied some stiff penalties on the Houston Astros, but King James is of the opinion that those penalties were not sufficiently harsh.