The Shapkins Defender – The Blue Jays’ Connection to the Sign-Stealing Stuff

Welcome to The Shapkins Defender, where I inhale your toxic screeds and spit out the fresh oxygen of optimism, like a tree that kind of understands WAR. (Just don’t ask me to explain it.)
By now, you’re surely aware of the Astros sign-stealing scandal and the recent fallout. I don’t want to spend too much time summarizing it, both because it’s been written about extensively by people with actual sources and also because new stuff seems to be coming out by the second. But the Astros definitely cheated in 2017 with the garbage can stuff, leading to a whole bunch of people being suspended and fired and probably more penalties still to come.
What I do want to dwell on, because I’ve seen it casually mentioned on Twitter a few times, is how the Jays are connected to all this. As far as I know, there are two strands to follow.
First, there’s the Hudgens thing. Dave Hudgens was the Astros hitting coach during the 2017 cheating season. The Blue Jays hired him as a bench coach after the 2018 season. As Shi Davidi reports, Hudgens is not mentioned by name …

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Author: Darragh / Blue Jays Nation

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