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Soon-to-be MVP Joe Mauer caught stealing signs.

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In a video released by The World of Isaac, a reader revealed what appears to be evidence of Twin’s catcher/God Joe Mauer stealing signs during a Twins/Tigers matchup earlier this week.

In the video, Mauer reaches base off Detroit ace Justin Verlander with a double crushed down the right field line. Once on second, Mauer uses a simple and straightforward series of signs to indicate to the batter, designated hitter Jason Kubel, which pitch is coming. Mauer touches his helmet’s right ear for curveball and his face for fastball.

Verlander clearly looks frustrated at the development, while catcher Gerald Laird hurriedly organizes an impromptu set of signs: no sign equals fastball, sign equals curveball.

There will no doubt be an uproar over this news, but stealing signs is commonplace in baseball. It’s an unwritten rule that baserunners can and, in fact, should steal signs for their team if they have the opportunity. This is why catchers routinely change their hand signals once someone reaches second.

This is smart baseball played by one of the game’s most consistent and intelligent players. The only person who looks bad here is Jason Kubel, who can’t connect off Verlander’s curveball and instead sits dead-red for the entire at-bat.

Here’s the video, courtesy of The World of Isaac:

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  1. tracking back Soon-to-be MVP Joe Mauer caught stealing signs…. tracking back Soon-to-be MVP Joe Mauer caught stealing signs….

    October 1, 2009 at 7:24 pm

  2. Are you caliming to be a mindreader? How exactly do you what everyone is thinking lol


    October 1, 2009 at 9:29 pm

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