MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred confirmed Tuesday night that the Red Sox have been "100% cooperative" with the league's investigation, which first came to light in a New York Times report, and noted that there is no rule explicitly barring sign-stealing.
The Boston Red Sox allegedly used smart watches to get Yankees' pitching signals in a recent game. But using electronic devices for communication in the dugout is prohibited, and, according to Manfred, that's the violation at issue in this case. Spying itself is not considered a violation of Major League Baseball rules, but Rob Manfred has to know there's no reversing the trend toward high-def cameras and digital messaging as the teams keep looking for ways to get the upper hand.
"I would have been disappointed had I known about it and still it was taking place", he continued "The fact is that was not the case and we're dealing with the outcome". It's part of the game. In baseball they use hand signs.
Of the Yankees' evidence, he added: "They had a good picture of me, Brock [Holt] and [Chris Young] hanging out".
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There is no suggestion that Henry, who took over the Red Sox in 2002, had any knowledge of the Apple Watch trick, or that he endorses cheating in any way. They might just be the first ones to use an Apple Watch to do so, and I think that scares purists of a game that is almost 150 years old. The team had its groundskeeper mess with the height of the grass and the pitcher's mound to better suit its players, moved the outfield fence in or back depending on each day's opponent, and, most deviously, instituted a system of sign-stealing.
Biagini then gave up a single to Mookie Betts, and the speedy Boston right-fielder stole second, but was stranded there as Mitch Moreland grounded out. "We're here to play baseball games".
"I don't really know what the rule book says on that", Pedroia said. Major League Baseball was asked to investigate.
Furthermore, in order for this strategy to work, it requires the Red Sox to have a runner on second base.
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. While swiping signs has always been part of the game, using electronic devices to do it is against the rules. "We are pleased that Apple's groundbreaking products, which have already improved the access that fans have to our sport, will now inform the decisions that make our games interesting and exciting throughout the year". It is unknown what kind of punishment will be dealt if the Red Sox are found guilty. "If the sign-stealing is effective, the opposition is going to suspect what is happening", he wrote in his memoir. "I feel bad for the guys that were out there for the entire game".