League to in­ves­ti­gate re­ports 2018 cham­pion Red Sox stole signs

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - SPORTS - By Kyle Hightower AP Sports Writer

BOS­TON (AP) >> Ma­jor League Base­ball says it will in­ves­ti­gate al­le­ga­tions the Bos­ton Red Sox il­le­gally used their video re­play room to steal signs be­tween op­pos­ing pitch­ers and catch­ers dur­ing their 2018 World Se­ries cham­pi­onship sea­son.

The claims were made Tues­day in a re­port by The Ath­letic. The website cited three anony­mous sources it said were with the Red Sox dur­ing the 2018 sea­son who said some play­ers vis­ited the re­play room dur­ing games to get in­for­ma­tion on sign se­quences.

Those sources told The Ath­letic that the Red Sox weren’t able to do it dur­ing the post­sea­son be­cause of in-per­son mon­i­tors used by MLB in those games.

“The Com­mis­sioner made clear in a Septem­ber 15, 2017 me­moran­dum to clubs how se­ri­ously he would take any fu­ture vi­o­la­tion of the reg­u­la­tions re­gard­ing use of elec­tronic equip­ment or the in­ap­pro­pri­ate use of the video re­play room. Given these al­le­ga­tions, MLB will com­mence an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into this mat­ter,” the league said in a state­ment.

The Red Sox said they will co­op­er­ate as MLB looks into the al­le­ga­tions.

“We were re­cently made aware of al­le­ga­tions sug­gest­ing the in­ap­pro­pri­ate use of our video re­play room,” the team said in a state­ment. “We take these al­le­ga­tions se­ri­ously and will fully co­op­er­ate with MLB as they in­ves­ti­gate the mat­ter.”

The in­ci­dent that prompted MLB’s 2017 warn­ing from Com

mis­sioner Rob Man­fred to teams came af­ter the Red Sox were fined an undis­closed sum for “send­ing elec­tronic com­mu­ni­ca­tions from their video re­play room to an ath­letic trainer in the dugout” dur­ing an Au­gust 2017 se­ries against the ri­val New York Yan­kees.

The New York Times re­ported that gen­eral man­ager Brian Cash­man filed a com­plaint with the com­mis­sioner’s of­fice re­gard­ing that in­ci­dent which in­cluded video. The news­pa­per said it showed a mem­ber of Bos­ton’s train­ing staff look­ing at his Ap­ple Watch in the dugout and re­lay­ing a mes­sage to play­ers.

GRE­GORY BULL - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Bos­ton Red Sox man­ager Alex Cora lis­tens to a ques­tion dur­ing the Ma­jor League Base­ball win­ter meet­ings Mon­day, Dec. 9, 2019, in San Diego.

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