This is kind of old, but it’s from the DDN
Several New York Mets reportedly have told Graves that for the last two years he has been tipping his pitches, doing something out of the ordinary that lets hitters know what pitch is coming.
Graves is with the Mets preparatory to signing an on-the-table deal and has thrown on the side for them, where players clued him in.
One veteran player who has played on several teams and is an acknowledged master of stealing signs and discovering tip-offs was asked about Graves.
“Two years?” he said. “No, at least four years. He tips off when he is going to throw his curveball. Graves has great stuff and batters would never hit him the way they have without knowing what’s coming.”
And the braintrust of the Cincinnati Reds said:
Reds manager Dave Miley said the club was not aware of it if Graves was doing something to let the opposition know what was coming.
“No idea, not that we know,” said Miley.
Pitching coach Don Gullett declined to talk about it, “Until I have all the details.”
Said catcher Jason LaRue, who caught most of Graves’ appearances over the past four years, “Wouldn’t surprise me if he was. There had to be some explanation.”
Can anyone explain why Gullett is still the Reds pitching coach?
I’ve been a Reds fan since the late ’60’s, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in ’84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in ’90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.