In August 2011, an ESPN report accused the Toronto Blue Jays of utilizing a man dressed in white in the center-field to relay information to hitters. Prior to the report, they Jays were accused by New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi of stealing signs during a visit to Toronto.
Jason Hammel had previously given up three home runs in nine starts before he gave up four home runs Wednesday night to the Toronto Blue Jays.
“When you’re not locating your fastball, you’re going to give up some home runs there,” Hammel said. “But the swings they were taking on the breaking stuff, it was pretty amazing to me. I don’t think you can take swings like that not knowing they’re coming. I don’t know. That’s all I can say.”
Jason Hammel clearly believes and insinuated that Blue Jays batters knew what pitch was coming. Hammel acknowledged that he was aware of the prior accusations.
“There’s rumours and things like that,” he said. “I don’t know. I can’t speak on that, but they were taking very big, strong hacks on breaking stuff. It’s something I’ve never seen before.”
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