The incident in Colorado was brought to light during the telecast of the Rockies-Phillies game on Monday night by FSN Rocky Mountain, which showed that with the Phillies hitting in the top of the second inning, Philadelphia bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer was using binoculars to look in at Rockies catcher Miguel Olivo.
The video also showed Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino in the dugout on the bullpen phone.
The Phillies claimed that Billmeyer was evaluating the Philadelphia catcher, according to a source, although the evidence wouldn't support that claim; Billmeyer was using the binoculars during the top of the second hitting, when the Phillies were hitting — which means Miguel Olivo of the Rockies was the catcher.
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The Mets apparently made a similar complaint against the Phillies after they knocked around Santana on May 2. This action has already been defended because binoculars are "not an electronic device," and has been compared to the Mauer sign stealing incident from last year (if you recall, he was tipping pitch location as a runner on second). Whether this accusation is true or not, I don't believe that stealing signs from the bullpen via binoculars is of the same nature as stealing signs as a runner. Catchers switch signs up with runners on all the time. It pretty much can be expected that a runner is going to try to do what they can to give the hitter the edge (a runner stealing signs can even be expected in little league). I don't think any pitcher expects someone to have their eyes trained on the catcher's signs from somewhere else in the park. What do you guys think? Just because it isn't against the rules per se does it mean it is OK? Is ANY sign stealing wrong?