A’s Kemp chose not to be part of Astros’ 2017 sign-stealing

Kemp says sign-stealing system was already in place when he was called up by Houston in 2017.

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February 14, 2020 - 4:23 PM

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Called up in September 2017 by Houston, Tony Kemp immediately got asked by teammates whether he wanted to be a part of the Astros’ sign-stealing scheme. His answer was a firm no, and Kemp didn’t feel further pressure to do it.

“That stood,” the second baseman said Friday after arriving in Oakland’s spring training camp and reuniting with former Astros teammate Mike Fiers, who went public in November about Houston’s sign-stealing that rocked the baseball offseason.

“Once I got there in September the system was already in place and I just tried to keep my head down and play hard and not really concern myself with it,” Kemp said.

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