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Former A’s pitcher jokes the team couldn’t cheat because the Coliseum is so terrible


Brett Anderson #30 of the Oakland Athletics pitches during the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Ring Central Coliseum on September 17, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)

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Brett Anderson #30 of the Oakland Athletics pitches during the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Ring Central Coliseum on September 17, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty

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Photo: Daniel Shirey / Getty Images

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Brett Anderson #30 of the Oakland Athletics pitches during the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Ring Central Coliseum on September 17, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)

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Brett Anderson #30 of the Oakland Athletics pitches during the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Ring Central Coliseum on September 17, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty

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Former A’s pitcher jokes the team couldn’t cheat because the Coliseum is so terrible

Just about every individual in the baseball world has been asked about the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal at some point over the last few months, and on Thursday, The Athletic published an article on the possibility that other teams may have similar cheating schemes.

A number of general managers and players were interviewed for the story, including former Oakland Athletics pitcher Brett Anderson, who was with the A’s from 2009-13 and again from 2018-19 before signing with the Milwaukee Brewers this offseason.

When asked about other teams potentially cheating, Anderson joked that the Athletics could not “afford” to cheat in the same way the Astros cheated due to the Coliseum’s “decaying infrastructure.”

“I know the A’s weren’t cheating,” Anderson said. “Because, one, I don’t know if they could afford it. And to relay from f—ing 300 yards away in the video room? What were we going to do, get some vendor to throw some popcorn up in the air, or something? It’s too f—ing far to relay something.”

The Astros allegedly used a video room for “codebreaking” other team’s signs, and players in the dugout would subsequently bang a trash can to alert the batter at the plate which pitch was coming. Anderson joked that the A’s would have had to use the Coliseum’s er, imperfections, to send signals.

“The lights go out, it’s a curveball,” he joked. “If there’s a sewage backup, it’s a fastball.”

A’s general manager David Forst was also interviewed for the story, and said that he could only “hope” to know if players on his team were breaking rules.

“I would hope so,” he said. “A big part of my job is to be in touch with everything that’s going on in the organization. That’s not easy to do. But I would hope so.”

You can read the full story from The Athletic here.

Eric Ting is an SFGATE digital reporter. Email: eric.ting@sfgate.com | Twitter:@_ericting

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