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Miguel Cabrera not happy about sign steeling accusations: “He started that motherfucking shit”

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Miguel Cabrera

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Miguel Cabrera isn’t about more than just Yu Darvish continuing to make the Tigers his bitch.

During the seventh inning of last night’s 5-2 loss by the Tigers, Miggy looked upset at Rangers pitcher Sam Dyson after the reliever apparently accused the Detroit first baseman of stealing signs during a J.D. Martinez at-bat. During this first exchange you can see Miggy point at a Ranger, presumably Dyson yelling “he started that motherfucking shit”.

However it was during the next at bat that Cabrera and Dyson appeared to step towards each other before the Tigers first baseman was walked back by Texas infielders Elvis Andrus and Rougned Odor.

Here’s CBS Detroit with comments from Brad Ausmus and Dyson himself who were attempting to downplay the incident:

“I think it was just a misunderstanding. Miggy wasn’t stealing signs. If he was stealing signs, he certainly wouldn’t be that blatant about it. Miggy was just trying to let the bench know that (Dyson) has a changeup. That’s all it was. It was a misunderstanding. He wasn’t stealing signs. I just think Dyson, for some reason, thought he was,” Ausmus said.

Dyson gave the same explanation.

“He was telling the dugout what I was throwing, the changeup. I don’t think he was stealing signs or anything of that nature. I wasn’t really angry, I was just telling him he was too smart. I don’t get a temper tantrum too easily, I just said something to him. That was it. It wasn’t a big deal. I thought he may have been picking signs, but he wasn’t. No worries, no issues, no complaints,” Dyson said.

Asked to further explain his exchange with Cabrera, Dyson said, “I told him he was too smart. I said three words. ‘You’re too smart.’ Then he said, ‘What did you say?’ And then I turned around. I might have repeated it once or twice. That was it.”

Meanwhile former Tigers and Rangers pitcher who’s currently serving as a color analyst for Texas C.J. Nitkowski thought Dyson was justified in being irked by the situation:

I swear this has to be the biggest bullshit unwritten rule in baseball. Stealing signs isn’t cheating, plain and simple. If a runner on second is able to lock on to the signals between a catcher and pitcher than you probably need to do a better job at making them more discrete. It’s something every team and I’m sure most players have engaged in, game in and game out.

 

 

 

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