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Fans stand by Sox in sign-stealing scandal

Report: Major League Baseball says Red Sox illegally used technology to steal signs from the Yankees New York and Boston tabloids had a whole lot of fun with the Red Sox sign-stealing scandal
Clarence Duncan | 08 September, 2017, 00:38

The Boston Red Sox may have used an Apple Watch to steal the New York Yankees' signs.

The Boston Red Sox used an Apple Watch illicitly to gain the upper hand in a recent game, a Major League Baseball (MLB) investigation has reportedly found.

Although players on other bases can signal the hitter about the pitch, baseball rules ban using optical or technical devices. The 37-year-old continues to amaze as she pursues another major title.

But surely, Pedroia does know the rules on electronic devices at this point, if he didn't previously. Keep in mind, this all needs to take place between pitches of a baseball game.

A night after the Red Sox drained their bullpen by using 12 pitchers in a 19-inning win, Fister (5-7) walked in a run in the first inning but yielded only two hits after the first and has gone at least seven innings in four straight starts.

And please don't get me started about the abomination that is baseball's instant replay system.

"I think the rule against electronic equipment has a number of policy reasons behind it, but one of them is we don't want to escalate attempts to figure out what a pitcher is going to throw by introducing electronics into that mix", he said. It's part of the game, so our adjustment to that stuff is to go out to the mound and change the signs.

That information was then relayed from the dug-out to the batter - giving him an advantage.

SIEGEL: We're talking about one of the great rivalries in baseball - between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees.

"The penalty has to have something in it that will deter teams from doing this again", said one of the AL executives. "I know we have iPads in the dugout".

While affirming that there will be in-depth investigations of all allegations, Manfred believes the nature of the Red Sox and Yankees feud is fueling this fire.

It's not strictly the passing of information that's the problem here - "stealing signs", the process whereby a pitcher's instruction is somehow relayed to the batter, is perfectly legal when done through traditional means; the difference here is that the Red Sox - now at the top of America's Eastern League Division - used technology to give themselves the advantage, which is against game rules. They may use them when opposing players are on base, or in opposing ballparks where they suspect illicit methods are being used to decipher signals. I guess everybody in the game has been involved with it throughout the years. While the report cited "other teams" from which the Red Sox stole signs, it primarily occurred against the Yankees. Now they have another connection: sign stealing. "I just continually work hard each and every day". (The practice is, however, considered a violation of baseball's often inscrutable unwritten code; if someone is caught peeking, they might get yelled at, or else thrown at during their next at-bat).

I don't know what a suitable punishment should be, but even if it's not too serious, it should be more than a "slap on the wrist".

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