And here’s Charlie Manuel’s official denial on the Phillies stealing signs.

Manuel denies stealing signs
Manager denies report of cheating vs. Boston
By Ken Mandel MLB.com

OAKLAND — Manager Charlie Manuel needed almost no time to respond to a report in the Boston Globe in which an unnamed Major-League official suspected the Phillies of stealing signs.

Manuel simply pointed to the scoreboard.

“We getting our butts kicked, and we’re stealing signs?” Manuel said, referring to the Phillies losing two of three games to the Red Sox last week. “We didn’t. Maybe they were the ones who were stealing signs.”

The Globe story said that the Red Sox haven’t filed a complaint with the league, and general manager Theo Epstein declined to comment.

This is the second time the Phillies have been embroiled in a sign-stealing controversy. After Philadelphia swept a series from the Mets in late August last season, New York levied an accusation. Bob Watson, MLB vice president of on-field operations, investigated and found nothing.

“They can check us out any time they want,” Manuel said after the Mets’ accusation. “When stuff comes up like that, it’s no big deal. They can sit up there during the game with the [television] camera crew, for all I care.”

His stance hasn’t changed, though he’d consider anything that would help his team win.

“First of all, we didn’t steal signs, but we would if we could,” Manuel said, with a laugh. “We’d definitely consider it.” (H/T Phillies.com)

Now then, can this non-starter of a controversy please go quietly into that good night? I for one hope so. I mean, we don’t want to give a certain fossil senator from my home state any more useless work now do we?

2 Comments

I think they are just getting the heat off of the Patriots. Seriously I don’t think I can take another loss. The bats need to break loose this weekend!

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If they are, I don’t think anyone is going to be fooled, other then their paper’s readers who probably have no idea that MLB offices seem to be clueless about the accusation and who’d made it. As for the Phils losing again, uhm, a little late for that don’t you agree. Just hoping that this will be it for Myers until he gets him mind in gear. Seriously, when given a four run lead, you buckle down, and throw strikes, make the other guy beat you with your best stuff. But no, Myers got fancy, trying to nibble at the plate. All that seems to have done is give him a quick and not so well deserved shower. Gee, thanks for ruining the rotation and the bullpen with your thinking, Brett!!!

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