DENVER, CO – OCTOBER 07: Erik Kratz #15 of the Milwaukee Brewers celebrates scoring on a wild pitch by Scott Oberg #45 who reacts on home plate putting the Brewers up 4-0 in the sixth inning of Game Three of the National League Division Series against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on October 7, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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Nearly two weeks ago, former MLB catcher Erik Kratz accused the Colorado Rockies of electronic sign stealing during the 2018 season.
Kratz, who was a catcher for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2018 when they swept the Rockies in the 2018 NLDS, claims that the Rockies were using a Theragun, a massage gun, and banging it on their “metal bench” to relay signs.
Kratz claims that the Brewers caught the Rockies and that’s why the Rockies played so poorly in the NLDS.
However, as Tracy Ringolsby of Inside The Seams noted on Twitter, the Rockies didn’t have a metal bench and they didn’t have a Theragun at the time.
But Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic discussed the issue in his mailbag in a podcast on Monday.
What’s the next step in the sign stealing accusations against the Colorado Rockies?
As Rosenthal says in the podcast, MLB would love to move past these accusations. After all, the sign stealing from the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox was poorly handled by MLB and they received even more backlash in the wake of their weak punishment.
But Rosenthal did say what he thinks the next step will be.
“I would expect that Major League Baseball would, at least, reach out to Kratz and ask him if he’s willing to expand and provide specifics,” said Rosenthal on The Athletic Baseball Show podcast.
Rosenthal said that he doesn’t think that any other team did it as much as the Astros and Red Sox did or we would know so by know but he did say that he and The Athletic has investigated into multiple teams and continues to investigate allegations for multiple teams for electronic sign stealing.
Thus far, Rosenthal says that he has not “had enough evidence or documentation” to go on and publish a story on for any other teams though.
But with MLB wanting to move forward past the allegations, the state of the Rockies (in the 2018 playoffs and now), and Kratz’s allegations being a bit questionable, the allegations likely won’t go any further than they have.