It has reached the point where I wouldn't be terribly surprised if Alex Rodriguez was implicated in the JFK assassination. Now, he's accused in an upcoming book of using steroids in high school and tipping pitches to opposing middle infielders during his time with the Texas Rangers in the hope of getting similar help in return.
Since it's pretty obvious the guy has an integrity problem, I guess you can believe what you want. His response to author Selena Roberts' original report of his positive steroid test was so incredible that it wouldn't stretch the imagination to believe he dabbled in performance-enhancing drugs in high school, but I'm trying to figure out just how he would have concocted a scheme to get opposing players to communicate to him what their pitchers were going to throw.
The accounts I have read claim that Rodriguez did various things at shortstop to indicate whether a pitcher was going to throw a fastball or changeup or whatever. I suppose that's possible, but it would have required some kind of actual conspiracy with everyone involved. It's not like he could kick the dirt every time there was going to be a changeup and the guy at the plate could just sort of figure that out over time, especially when he allegedly only did it in situations where the game was no longer in doubt.
Generally, hitters look at the pitcher when they are at the plate. The isn't a lot of time after the catcher gives the sign to scan the infield looking for tells from the other fielders, so a tipping system would require some kind of advance setup.
And if there was any prearrangement, that would be an on-field cheating scandal of epic proportion. It'll be interesting to see if Major League Baseball undertakes an investigation and questions all the middle infielders who played against Rodriguez during the time he was with the Rangers.
That would seem to be the next logical step, or MLB could just wait for Jose Canseco's next book.
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