MLB commissioner Rob Manfred confirmed Tuesday that the Boston Red Sox had a little something up their sleeve that helped them steal signs back when they faced the Yankees in July of this year.
Hey, I’m not kidding, because the thing they used to steal signs was a wristwatch—ok an Apple Watch with texting capability.
The New York Yankees filed a formal complaint against the Red Sox on July 18 supplying a video of what the team contended was a Red Sox trainer looking at his Apple Watch and then relaying information to players during a series between the teams in Boston.
And while the MLB does not have a policy against sign stealing—although it is the ultimate unwritten baseball “no-no”—the issue is the use of an electronic device in the dugout, which is against league rules.
"We actually do not have a rule against sign-stealing," Manfred said. "It has been a part of the game for a very, very long time. To the extent that there was a violation of the rule here, it was a violation by one or the other [team] that involved the use of electronic equipment. It's the electronic equipment that creates the violation.”
After MLB corroborated the claims with its own video, the commissioner's office confronted the Red Sox, who admitted that video replay personnel were getting signs and that those were relayed to some players and that the scheme had been ongoing for some weeks.
Funny thing is, the Red Sox are suddenly slumping in the last two weeks – losing eight of their last 13.
Hey…say what you want, but those Apple Watches really do work.
The Red Sox can’t survive without them.
Source: New York Times