May 13, 2010

Phillies busted for using binoculars to steal signs - again

The Philadelphia Phillies seem to be making a habit of cheating.

Philly bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer was caught on camera (above) using binoculars to steal the catchers signs. The film clip was shown on Denver channel 9 several times over the last three days.
Major League Baseball isn’t happy and delivered a reprimand to the Phillies baseball team.

This is not the first time. The Philadelphia Phillies were caught stealing signs before.

The New York Mets accused the Phillies of stealing signs through a center-field camera in 2007, and the Boston Red Sox leveled charges against them in 2008.

During the World Series last year, former Phillies manager Larry Bowa said Philadelphia has a reputation for stealing signs.

Denver Channel 9 reports:

FSN Rocky Mountain, the flagship broadcaster of the Colorado Rockies, showed Billmeyer using the binoculars to peer in on Colorado catcher Miguel Olivo while the Phillies were at bat in the top of the second inning of the game Monday.

It also showed a quick image of Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino in the dugout on the bullpen phone in the top of the second.

Since the phones from the dugout to the bullpen is for use only by the manager and coaches, the use by a player after a bullpen coach used binoculars to spy on the Rockies catcher as he gave signs to the pitcher.

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