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Angels, Athletics trade accusations after Matt Chapman ejection

Angels, Athletics trade accusations after Matt Chapman ejection”

The exchange resulted in A's rookie third baseman Matt Chapman getting ejected by home plate umpire Mike Everitt, although it did not keep Oakland from earning a 3-1 victory that snapped its losing streak at eight games.

The incident seemingly popped up out of nowhere in the fourth inning with Oakland's Matt Chapman at the plate. A few moments later, Everett ejected Chapman.

After the game, both parties gave their view of the situation.

Chapman said he took exception to the catcher's charges and Everitt's insistence that the matter had been, "handled".

In the Chronicle article, some of the A's also said that they think it was Mike Scioscia's crew trying to play mind games with the young team.

"As you can see on video, the catcher kept staring at every single hitter as they were digging into the box", Chapman said afterward. "I did it out of respect for my teammates and respect for myself".

Graterol, of course, had his own take. "Chapman told me, 'We don't peek at the signs, '" Graterol said, per Slusser.

"That's not a very comfortable feeling having the catcher stare at you when you're digging into the box, " Chapman said. We exchanged some words and that's it. ... "I wanted to stand up for my team, but then once you get thrown out of the game, you felt like you let your team down".

Two innings earlier, Graterol had warned outfielder Mark Canha against peeking back at his signs to the pitcher, which is not technically illegal but is deemed a violation of baseball etiquette.

Sign-stealing is at the forefront of everyone's thoughts around the game right now after the revelation of the Boston Red Sox reportedly using electronic technology in stealing signs from the New York Yankees.

Generally, this is in the eye of the beholder.

"They thought that we were relaying signs to our hitters from second base". The 26-year-old Californian has yielded at least five runs in each of his last three turns but escaped with two no-decisions, including an outing at Texas on Friday in which he was reached for six runs on five hits and three walks over two innings. If a player is looking back at the catcher's signs, there is a little more grey area there, but if the batter is looking back at a shadow, that's just making use of a competitive advantage. With that said, the Angels would not be the first team to get overly paranoid over claims that end up being false. But this juncture of their young team's development is about so much more than box scores and final stats.



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