Mark Teixeira was a Yankee for eight seasons, the final three of which were spent as a teammate of Carlos Beltran. When Beltran was implicated in the Astros' sign-stealing scandal, The Athletic reported that he had told his new teammates that they were "behind the times" in regards to their efforts to decipher opponents' signals.
Does that mean his immediate former team, the Yankees, were the ones that were setting the standard? According to the Post, Teixeira says not so fast.
"I don't believe any of my Yankee teammates ever broke the rules by passing along signs to hitters in real time," Teixeira said. "We would have seen it."
Instead, Teixeira told The Post, while the Yankees were engaged in some efforts to intercept signs, everything he and his teammates did was within the rules, unwritten or otherwise.
Teixeira said Beltran, Alex Rodriguez and Chris Young were able to use monitors in the replay room to focus on the catcher's signs. Then, when a runner get to second base, he would be able to determine if the same signs were being used. From there, the baserunner could relay signs to the hitter, but no electronic equipment was being used.
But Teixeira claims the Yankees' scheme wasn't even all that successful.
"I thought personally it was BS because by the time they decoded and would get it to me [from second base], my at-bat was over or the pitcher and catcher changed the signs," Teixeira said. "They were wrong more than they were right. … Anecdotally, I would argue with teammates, 'You are not good at this. You are trying to give signs, then you get mad at me because I am not good at it either. We are not that good at it.'"
It's the alleged use of electronics and buzzers that Teixeira says separates what his Yankees were doing and the Astros' scandal that has rocked the baseball world.
"Never were they, 'Teix, we have signs that we can relay to you while you are on deck or at the plate.,'" Teixeira said. "I was old school. They were getting the signs, and if you reached second base they would say, 'Check if these are them, then you can relay it to the hitters.' … We are talking the old school way of relaying signs. 'We think this is the pattern and if you pick up the same pattern at second base, then relay it to the hitter.'
"The Astros took that to a whole different level. They used an algorithm in real time to decode and bang on trash cans. None of us even thought of stuff like that. That is next level."