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Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera took exception Wednesday into Chicago White Sox next baseman Nick Madrigal’s accusation which Detroit was passing signs from second base during Tuesday’s match between the two teams.
Slavo Bekovic of NBC Sports Chicago relayed Cabrera’s thoughts on the matter, noting the Tigers slugger believed Madrigal was telling White Sox starting pitcher Lucas Giolito and catcher Yasmani Grandal that Detroit was sneaking signs:
“Come on, this is bulls–t. I don’t play that game. You need to respect,” Cabrera said. ” … Get the f–k out of here.”
Will Birchfield of 670 The Score given more context, noting that Cabrera”began jawing with Madrigal during his next at-bat in the fourth” after hitting a first-inning homer en route to a 5-2 Tigers win.
Cabrera additionally added:”Everybody is paranoid about [sign-stealing] right now, but [the White Sox] are over the limit. They need to respect that because if we didn’t say that, the next day we’re going to be a hit by pitch or something like that. And we don’t play that game, we respect the game.”
Detroit is currently in Chicago to play with a three-game series with the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field through Thursday.
Sign stealing has been a prominent storyline in baseball because the 2017 World Series champion Houston Astros were found guilty of this clinic on the way to their name. Quite a few punishments were distributed outside, including a one-year suspension for Astros supervisor A.J. Hinch, who was later terminated. Hinch now manages the Tigers.
The Tigers-White Sox series has not been the sole case in which a player or team was publicly accused of sign-stealing at 2021 either.
San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. was also accused of sign-stealing before his second home run away Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Trevor Bauer last Saturday, with Bauer notably publishing a video making the claim. The Padres denied the accusations.
As for the Tigers and White Sox, they will be set to perform Wednesday at 810 p.m. ET at a conflict of top draft picks on the mound.
The 2018 draft’s No. 1 overall selection, Casey Mize, will go for Detroit. For Chicago, left-hander Carlos Rodon (No. 3 pick in 2014) will take the ball.