Justin Verlander isn’t directly responsible for the Houston Astros stealing signs in 2017, but it appears comments he made in the past about this subject have come back to haunt him.
Houston acquired Verlander in 2017 to make its push toward the postseason. It clearly worked as the Astros won the World Series over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Fast forward two years later, and the Astros are now under fire for allegedly using a center-field camera to steal signs from opposing catchers.
Mike Fiers revealed to The Athletic just how far Houston would go to steal signs from its opponents.
Well it turns out that Verlander is completely against the Astros’ methods, or at least he used to be.
Before Verlander was traded to Houston, he went on a rant about sign stealing in the MLB. He wanted the league to crack down on teams that are blatantly going out of their way to cheat.
“It’s not about gamesmanship anymore. It used to be: ‘Hey, if you can get my signs, good for you.’ In the past, if a guy on second (base) was able to decipher it on a few pitches, I guess that was kind of part of the game,” Verlander told Evan Woodberry of MLive. “I think it’s a different level now. It’s not good.”
— theScore (@theScore) June 20, 2017
The tables have officially turned for Verlander.
He’s not required to comment about these latest allegations involving the Astros, but it’s hard to believe that he didn’t know what was going on in the dugout.
Verlander is often outspoken about major topics in the MLB, and now, he’s facing backlash for it.