This has been the busiest spring training in memory — and it has nothing to do with the action on the field. Baseball has been buzzing with talk of sign stealing and commissioner Rob Manfred’s handling of the Houston Astros‘ transgressions, a proposed change to the playoff format and trade rumors involving some of the game’s biggest names.
ESPN baseball reporters Jesse Rogers and Alden Gonzalez made the rounds during media day at the Cactus League in Arizona, asking managers and GMs for their takes on some of the hot-button issues.
How are you addressing sign stealing as spring training opens?
Milwaukee Brewers GM David Stearns: “This is a topic of conversation in every clubhouse, and it’s a topic of conversation with every fan base. And through these conversations, I think there’s an awareness of it. I don’t know that we’re necessarily doing anything systematically different than we have in the past,…