N.Y. Mets Stop Short of Saying Yankees Stole Signs After Lindor, Stanton Exchange Words

Some members of the New York Mets recently suggested that the New York Yankees could have been whistling to convey stolen signs, but the team stopped short of an explicit accusation.

The drama began on Saturday when ESPN's Marly Rivera reported that Mets third baseman Jonathan Villar called a mound meeting because he believed that members of the Yankees were using different "whistles" to signal pitches from Taijuan Walker.

"[Villar] realized during an Aaron Judge at bat that the Yankees dugout seemed to use different whistles to identify pitches," Rivera wrote in a tweet.

ESPN's Buster Olney also reported the Mets' accusations, writing in a tweet that "the Mets thought the Yankees had found pitch-tipping in Taijuan Walker and signaled by whistling to the hitter."

The drama escalated on Sunday night when Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor hit his second home run of the night to extend their lead to 6-4. While rounding the bases after the homer, Lindor looked at the Yankees' dugout and made a whistling gesture.

"Last night the Mets thought the Yankees were stealing pitches by whistling so after hitting his second home run tonight Francisco Lindor was doing a whistling motion toward the Yankees as he rounded the bases," Twitter user Jomboy Media wrote in a tweet with the video of Lindor.

Last night the Mets thought the Yankees were stealing pitches by whistling so after hitting his second home run tonight Francisco Lindor was doing a whistling motion toward the Yankees as he rounded the bases pic.twitter.com/gZEjss59RM

— Jomboy Media (@JomboyMedia) September 13, 2021

One inning after Lindor's second homer, Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton hit a home run to tie the game and, while rounding the bases, exchanged words with Lindor, leading to both teams clearing the benches. A video also appeared to show Stanton making hand gestures toward Lindor.

While it is unclear what Stanton and Lindor said to each other, during a post-game interview, Stanton said that Yankees relief pitcher Wandy Peralta was not whistling to convey the Mets' signs but instead was cheering on the team.

"If you've got a problem with Wandy, give it to Wandy," Stanton said regarding Lindor. "Don't be talking to multiple people, bringing everybody into it, especially running around the bases."

During a post-game press conference, Lindor was also asked about the words and gestures between the teams and stopped short of accusing the Yankees of stealing signs, saying, "Over the past couple days—I can't accuse them of whistling for the signs because I'm not 100 percent [sure]."

"But I know what I heard. I felt like there was something out of the ordinary going on," Lindor said, according to SNY. "I heard what I heard. I'm not accusing them. I'm not saying I heard them doing it 100 percent, because I don't know 100 percent. But it definitely felt that way and I took that personally."

Newsweek reached out to the Mets and Yankees for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.

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Members of the New York Mets suggested that the New York Yankees were whistling to convey signs during their game on Saturday night. The situation escalated Sunday. Above, Francisco Lindor of the Mets gestures after hitting a three-run home run against the Yankees during the second inning of Sunday's game at Citi Field. Rich Shultz/Getty