MESA, Ariz. — When the A’s acquired Tony Kemp last month, there were some obvious questions: • How would a member of the 2017-18 Astros — teams a league investigation found guilty of stealing signs in real-time via video technology — be welcomed in the Oakland clubhouse? • Was Kemp among those Houston players who cheated against Oakland and other clubs? • What relationship will he have with former Astros teammate Mike Fiers, the one public whistle-blower in the scandal? Kemp, a candidate for the A’s second-base job, arrived at Hohokam Stadium on Friday and calmly answered every question thrown his way about the Astros scandal, which has cost three managers and one general manager their jobs and has dominated the baseball news cycle for weeks. “I was up and down in 2017 and once I got there in September, the system was already in place,” Kemp said of the team’s sign-stealing scheme. “I just tried to keep my head down and play hard and not really concern myself with it.” Kemp said he was approached about using the scheme — which involved relaying information about pitch type to hitters at the plate — and he declined. MLB Cheating Scandal… Read full this story
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