Now that teams across the league are holding their pre-season fan fests, we’re getting a lot of reaction to the Houston Astros’ electronic sign-stealing scandal. Considering the Brewers have occasionally been mentioned as being involved in something similar, it was naturally a topic of discussion when reporters met with players at the start of the event.
Christian Yelich was waiting for the question, responding with a smile and a “there it is” when the topic came up, says the Brewers haven’t done anything as long as he’s been in Milwaukee.
Christian Yelich just went on the record in saying the Brewers have not stolen signs. “We have nothing to hide,” he said. “We don’t do anything like that.” pic.twitter.com/BJcQJjdrDd— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) January 26, 2020
Yelich added that suspicion about any team’s accomplishments is why the scandal is bad for a game as a whole.
While Yelich said the Brewers aren’t involved in anything like what the Astros were caught doing, Ryan Braun took this a step further.
Ryan Braun was asked about sign-stealing. “Everybody’s paranoid that we do it. Everybody’s convinced that we’ve done some of those things, but we’ve never even given signs from second base in my 14 years here.” pic.twitter.com/PYr1Qh5xPG— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) January 26, 2020
There is, of course, nothing wrong with trying to steal signs from second base, but Braun claims that hasn’t been going on, either.
Of course, when it comes to public denials of wrongdoing, Braun has a, uh, sketchy history.
Stay tuned for more updates from Brewers On Deck throughout the day.