- Jul 18, 2005
I'm not a BP subscriber--but there's an article behind the paywall that looks interesting (https://www.baseballprospectus.com/news/article/56750/moonshot-the-banging-scheme-hurt-the-astros-as-much-as-it-helped-them/). Apparently they determined that the sign stealing was inaccurate about 7% of the time and the hitters did miserably when given the bad information.There's a new piece by Jason Stark and Eno Sarris on The Athletic (https://theathletic.com/1573075/2020/01/31/does-electronic-sign-stealing-work-the-astros-numbers-are-eye-popping/) that's pretty amazing to read. Apparently strike-out rates plummeted for some hitters in 2017 at rates never seen before:
The piece goes on to talk about individual players and their numbers -- it's quite good.