When you play the left side of the infield in the major leagues for 21 years, you learn a thing or two about opposing teams stealing signs. So who better to react to the Joe Girardi-Buck Showalter shouting match Monday at Camden Yards than Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr.

According to reports, Girardi, the New York Yankees manager, set off Showalter, the Baltimore Orioles manager, after accusing the O’s third base coach of stealing Yankees signs. Ripken said that confronting one another in the middle of the diamond probably wasn’t the best way to handle the situation.

“There are ways to deal with that over the course of the game, and yelling and screaming at them to let them know, ‘Hey, I know what you’re doing,’ isn’t really one of those,” Ripken said Thursday on MLB Network Radio. “The desperation, and sometimes the paranoia, you’ll see some people get mad. And usually, the ones that get the maddest, they’re the ones that are doing it most.

“In the end, this kind of stuff has been happening in baseball for a long, long time,” Ripken continued. “And to me, it’s good to be aware of what’s going on, but I would use it in the context and the strategy of the game.”

Ripken continued to talk about his experiences with opposing teams stealing signs – singling out one AL East opponent in particular – and offered the hypothesis that Girardi may have simply been trying to fire his team up.

You can hear Cal and his brother, Billy Ripken, Fridays at 2 pm ET on Ripken Baseball, XM channel 89 and Sirius channel 209.

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