Red Sox fined for sign steal­ing

Pawtucket Times - - SPORTS -

NEW YORK (AP) — The Bos­ton Red Sox have been fined by Ma­jor League Base­ball for us­ing elec­tronic equip­ment to steal signs given by a Yan­kees catcher this sea­son, and New York has been fined a lesser amount for im­proper use of a dugout tele­phone in an ear­lier year.

The dis­ci­pline was an­nounced Fri­day by base­ball Com­mis­sioner Rob Man­fred. The fine amounts were not an­nounced. The money will be do­nated to hur­ri­cane re­lief ef­forts in Florida

Man­fred found in­suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence to sup­port an al­le­ga­tion by Bos­ton that the Yan­kees made in­ap­pro­pri­ate use of the YES Net­work against the Red Sox.

The New York Times re­ported this month video clips sent to the com­mis­sioner's of­fice by the Yan­kees showed Bos­ton as­sis­tant ath­letic trainer Jon Jochim look­ing at an Ap­ple Watch dur­ing an Au­gust se­ries. Jochim then re­layed in­for­ma­tion to out­fielder Brock Holt and sec­ond base­man Dustin Pe­droia, who was seen pass­ing in­for­ma­tion to Chris Young.

Man­fred said Bos­ton's own­ers and front of­fice had no ad­vance knowl­edge of what oc­curred.

He said the Red Sox vi­o­lated rules by send­ing elec­tronic com­mu­ni­ca­tions from their video re­play room to the trainer. He said Bos­ton stopped the con­duct when its man­age­ment be­came aware of it.

“All 30 clubs have been no­ti­fied that fu­ture vi­o­la­tions of this type will be sub­ject to more se­ri­ous sanc­tions, in­clud­ing the pos­si­ble loss of draft picks,” Man­fred said in a state­ment.

In in­ves­ti­gat­ing Bos­ton's com­plaint against the Yan­kees, Man­fred said MLB learned of the im­proper use of the dugout phone. He said the com­mu­ni­ca­tions that took place over the phone did not vi­o­late any rules.

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