Royals pitchers Edinson Volquez and Johnny Cueto think the Blue Jays may have been stealing signs in Game 3 of the ALCS.
Volquez spoke to reporters Tuesday, after the Royals took their first loss of the seven game series on the road at the Rogers Centre. Toronto erupted for 11 runs Monday night after scoring just three runs in Game 1 and 2 losses in Kansas City.
Volquez said that fellow starter Johnny Cueto had a theory that Toronto had been working to learn Kansas City’s signals, although he said he thought there was “nothing wrong with it.” He added that it was on the Royals’ pitching staff to hide the ball and complicate the communication with the catcher.
“I think [Cueto] said last night, they got a guy in centerfield,” Volquez said. “I don’t know, he said that. But when the guy gets on second base, he said something about that too, they were giving signs to the hitter. But I don’t know.”
He also acknowledged that Toronto’s potential sign-stealing during home games was a known issue around the league. Rumors have existed about the practice for years.
“That’s what I hear,” Volquez said. “Most of the teams come here...we’ve got a lot of friends on different teams, they always say that, they give the signs or whatever it is.”
- Jeremy Woo