MORGANTOWN — Baseball has no one to blame but itself for the sign stealing mess it has gotten itself into.
The sport, almost since its inception in the 1800s, has been built around a culture of cheating.
Think about it for a minute.
They started off stealing bases. How long before they stole signs?
Like no one knew they stole signs all these years?
Why do you think when the catcher or the pitching coach goes to the mound they cover their mouths while they talk?
They know the opposition is watching, and maybe even has a lip reader there in the stands.
As far back as anyone can remember, sign stealing has gone on … and not just at the plate.
A runner at second base? They change their signs because they know the runner will relay the signs to the hitter if it’s simply one for a fastball, two for a curve, three for a change up.
Going to put on a sacrifice bunt? Take a look at the third base coach. He looks like he has fleas. He scratches his neck, rubs his belly, touches his cap, whistles, claps his hands. Any or all of it may carry a message, and they make sure they…