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Texas Rangers coaches signs found in purchased bag

A Reddit user purchased a bag from a minor leaguer, and in the bag were the Rangers spring training signs

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Well, this is weird...

Baseball teams’ signs are complicated, mysterious, designed to fool the opposing team and onlookers. Players and coaches on the other side, meanwhile, will try to break the code, and certain players and coaches are known for being savants when it comes to stealing signs. You can spend years in the game, watching, studying, being patient, to try to learn a team’s signs.

Or you can buy a random item from a minor leaguer and find a card with all the signs, as happened with this Reddit user. He says he found this card with the Texas Rangers’ in a former minor league catcher’s gear bag that they bought.

Now, it is the spring training signs, where presumably teams are using the same set throughout the spring to simplify things for the dozens of players, major leaguers and minor leaguers, who are in games. Teams aren’t going to then continue the same set in the regular season.

Still, it is interesting to see that, for example, if the manager touched his chin that spring, it was a sign to the third baseman the wheel play was on, or that him touching his shoulder meant for the catcher to pump fake a throw to second if there’s runners on first and third and the runner on first tries to steal.

Check out the full image here...