Recent upsetting reports about the Astros electronically stealing signs during their 2017 World Series run have left pundits, fans, and players around the league pondering the potential of other teams to unfairly try to gain a competitive edge.
Well, that notion came to a head on Friday when Cubs hurler Yu Darvish essentially came out and accused Milwaukee of sign-stealing when he played them at Miller Park earlier in 2019.
Christian Yelich was at the forefront of those alleged wrongdoings, and the Brewers superstar swiftly took to Twitter to chastise his division rival.
It appears that Yelich is also proficient at savaging pitchers from behind a keyboard.
Darvish, for his part, really thought he'd covered himself, and wasn't directly accusing Yelich of anything. He seemed genuinely sad about this!
At this stage, there is just no way to know if Yelich gazing into left-center field moments before Darvish went into his windup indicates that he was receiving some sort of intel from the 'pen.
In 11 career at-bats against Darvish, Yelich is slashing .364/.500/.909 alongside two home runs and two RBI.
Make of that what you will, but it sure looks like Yelich "doesn't need help" hitting Darvish, and his home/road splits aren't nearly as drastic as some of the Astros superstars' marks.
Of course, Darvish isn't the first person to bring this discussion to the forefront; concurrent with The Athletic's Astros report, many players cited the Brew Crew as another egregious offender.
In 2019, Yelich hit .347/.451/.750 with 27 home runs, 59 RBI, 82 hits, and 52 runs scored at home. Away from Miller Park, the 2018 NL MVP slashed .312/.409/.597 with 17 home runs, 38 RBI, 79 hits, and 48 runs scored.
Again, make of that what you will. All we can do now is wait and see if MLB opens an investigation into the Brewers.