I've noticed Dusty never gives the take sign. And I mean never. Not even to Costanzo when he has a 2-0 count against a wild pitcher, for example.
So, I was curious: What do sabermetricians say about occasionally giving the take sign and/or occasionally taking until you get a strike? Is this a lost art? Are MLB players too proud to be given the take sign? Would they feel disrespected? Do other MLB managers give the take sign?
I've been a diehard Reds fan since I was a little kid in the 70's and I've seen a lot of managers come and go. I figured all of them occasionally had their third base coach give the take sign. It's just something that I never gave much thought to until now. Dusty never gives the take sign. So, it made me wonder if the "take sign" even still exists in Major League Baseball and what sabermetricians think about it. I would have to think working the pitcher and getting more walks fits right in with the "Moneyball" philosophy.