The Astros weren’t the first team use a camera to steal signs, according to one prominent former player.
Jack McDowell is alleging that the White Sox did the same thing in 1980’s under then-manager Tony La Russa.
“I’m going to whistle-blow this thing now because I’m getting tired of this crap,” McDowell told WFNZ in Charlotte on Friday.
According to McDowell, a camera was installed in the outfield to see what signs the opposing catcher was putting down and a light placed in an outfield Gatorade sign would tell the hitters was pitches were coming. La Russa, according to McDowell, was responsible for the system that was controlled from his office.
“He was also the head of the first team with people doing steroids,” said McDowell, the 1993 AL Cy Young Award winner and a three-time All-Star. “Yet he’s still in the game making half a million. No one’s gonna go after that.”
McDowell, it should be noted, didn’t play for the White Sox until 1987. La Russa left the White Sox the previous season to manage the A’s, where he benefited from now-known performance-enhancing users Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco.
McDowell, who threw for the Yankees in 1995 and now coaches Queens University of Charlotte, claims teams have been doing it for decades. The Astros just got caught.
“Nobody wants to throw anybody under the bus,” he said.