Rosenthal: Trevor Bauer accused Fernando Tatis Jr. of peeking at signs. Did he? We asked three ex-catchers to… – The Athletic

Trevor Bauer’s accusation seemed straightforward enough: Fernando Tatis Jr. detected a sign by peeking back at Dodgers catcher Will Smith, using the information to tag Bauer for a home run and violating one of baseball’s unwritten rules in the process.

Three former major-league catchers, however, described the sequence as more nuanced than Bauer portrayed in a video he posted on Sunday, the day after he allowed two homers by Tatis while pitching six strong innings to help the Dodgers to a 5-4 victory over the Padres. The catchers also said that if Tatis was peeking, Smith should have taken measures to stop him.

Tatis hit his fifth home run in three games on Sunday in the Padres’ 8-7 triumph over the Dodgers in 11 innings. Earlier in the day, he