June 17, 2021

Ex-Mets GM Steve Phillips on sign-stealing situation he dealt with (New York Post)

Former Mets general manager Steve Phillips had his own sign-stealing situation to he had to take care of — but it was behind the scenes.

Phillips — in an interview on Chris “Mad Dog” Russo’s Sirius XM show Tuesday — said it was brought to his attention that former Mets manager Bobby Valentine was trying to use video equipment to steal signs during a game against the Philadelphia Phillies.

“Ed Wade (GM of the Phillies at time) knocks on the window and says, ‘Come here. The camera at the plate between pitches it keeps sort of turning to third base and coming back again. What is that?’ I said, ‘I don’t know let me check.’

“Called down the video room. And my video guy said, ‘Bobby asked me to tape their third-base coach to see if we can get his signs.’ I said, ‘That’s a violation. You can’t do that. If anybody asks you to do that again, you tell them no.

“I went down to Bobby (Valentine) afterwards. And he said, ‘Oh, OK, then we won’t do that anymore. We didn’t do it.”

Phillips went on to say he thanked Wade for pointing it out and that the Mets wouldn’t do it again. He also added that he put a call in to the commissioner…

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