Red Sox reportedly caught using electronic devices to steal signs from Yankees

Red Sox reportedly caught using electronic devices to steal signs from Yankees

The Red Sox have no doubt the Yankees wanted the sign-stealing story public. It'll be interesting to see how it all boils down especially considering this has been going on for longer than one game and the Red Sox are close to being in the playoffs.

The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity due to the ongoing investigation.

What using an Apple Watch can't solve for is how, even armed with that knowledge, the Red Sox players at second base were relaying that information to the batter in the moment.

Baseball investigators corroborated the Yankees' claims based on video the commissioner's office uses for instant replay and broadcasts, the people said.

The two teams, historically bitter rivals, are now contending for the American League's Eastern Division title, with the Yankees now 2.5 games behind the division-leading Red Sox. The Yankees provided video from a three-game series that took place in August. The trainer then relayed that information to some players on the field. The sign stealing reportedly took place at Fenway Park a few weeks back. (Although the practice certainly can create tension between the two teams). The New York Yankees were victims of this, as well as other teams that have yet to be named.

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The Red Sox responded by filing their own complaint on Tuesday, alleging that NY uses cameras from its television broadcast on the YES network to steal signs.

"No chance", he said, and added, "No, we're not doing that".

Girardi also said sign-stealing efforts contribute to pace-of-game issues because nervous teams repeatedly send their catchers to the mound - not for strategic conferences but to discuss which signs to use.

Last season Major League Baseball allowed teams to begin using iPads loaded with scouting and Statcast data in the dugout, though only if the devices and the apps and everything are approved. But now, with live video streams and real-time communication devices (like the Apple Watch), it's getting easier.

The evidence solidly against them, the Red Sox admitted that members of the team were spying on the Yankees' signals. The dugout would then give the signal to the batter. However, the admission by the Red Sox comes at a pivotal time in the season. They went 1 for 6 and 3 for 10 in subsequent games. While Manfred has said no wins will be vacated from the Red Sox record (a discipline that would be far too great while also a ridiculous idea), expect a heavy fine along with perhaps the loss of draft picks coming Boston's way.

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