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Atlantic Cape Community College baseball coach Rodney Velardi resigned after getting busted for having in-helmet communication devices during a May 4 game against Rowan College Gloucester County...
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“I didn’t believe it,” Valli said. “I just though, nah. I didn’t believe it. I didn’t not believe him, but for that sophisticated of cheating, I just didn’t think they would do it. I didn’t think they would do it. For me, I wasn’t going to go right up there in the first inning. We had to confirm that’s what it was. So, second time up, those same guys got on, and he was confirming with me the whole time. Once those guys got on, he’s saying I hear it. I hear it.”

That’s when Valli went to the umpire and asked him to check two Atlantic Cape helmets. There was one out in the bottom of the third inning.

“(He was) as surprised as I was,” Valli said of the umpire. “The reaction was I went out and said they have headsets in their helmets, and he seemed surprised. … He’s like how do you know? I explained our first baseman has been hearing this now and we just confirmed it the second time these guys got on base. In 30 years, I’ve never asked an umpire to check a helmet, but I’m out here now, and I’m telling you now you’re going to find ear pieces in these helmets, and he goes OK, let’s check.”

The umpire did, finding earpieces in the helmets of both the runner on second base, and the one on first.
(The Big Lead)
Filed Under: NCAA Baseball
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SomeLSUguy12 months
The Astros will certainly be blamed for this...
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surgicalvenom12 months
I know I'm in the minority. But was he just communicating with players that are on base, or was it being used to steal signs? If he's just talking to players on base, isn't that the same as the elaborate hand signals they use?
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MaHittaMaHitta12 months
The HC will be on the Astros staff in no time.
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HeadSlash12 months
If you're not cheating you're not trying
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drexyl13 months
Other coach just busts out his CB/Walkie Talkie thingy like “what? What’s the problem?
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Strannix13 months
Should be legal
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