REPORT: Boston Red Sox Used Apple Watches To Steal Signs Against Yankees
The Boston Red Sox have gotten themselves in a situation that’s going to have every single one of their remaining opponents watching them closely for the rest of the year. According to reports, MLB investigators recently discovered the team allegedly used Apple watches to steal signals during a series with the Yankees.
When it comes to stealing signs in Baseball, it’s very common, but extremely frowned upon. The way the Red Sox allegedly did it, however, took things to another level. And the Yankees were not happy about it, as explained by the New York Times.
“Investigators for Major League Baseball have determined that the Boston Red Sox, who are in first place in the American League East and likely headed to the playoffs, executed a scheme to illicitly steal hand signals from opponents’ catchers in games against the second-place Yankees and other teams, according to several people briefed on the matter.
The baseball inquiry began about two weeks ago, after the Yankees’ general manager, Brian Cashman, filed a detailed complaint with the commissioner’s office that included video the Yankees shot of the Red Sox dugout during a three-game series in Boston last month. The Red Sox responded in kind on Tuesday, filing a complaint against the Yankees, claiming that the team uses a camera from its television network, YES, exclusively to steal signs during games.
It is unclear what penalties, if any, Commissioner Rob Manfred will issue against the Red Sox and whether he will order a more expansive investigation to determine the extent of the Red Sox’ sign-stealing system. It is also unclear how he will proceed with the counter-complaint.”
Stealing signs in a no-no between teams, because its one of those “unwritten rules” that people expect you to honor. And while it’s not technically against the rules, the use of technology in this instance makes things a little more contentious.
This is exactly how the Red Sox benefited from those Apple Watches.
“In the first game of the series in question, the first time the Red Sox got a runner on second was Xander Bogaerts, in the second inning. Rafael Devers promptly hit a home run, giving the Red Sox a 2-0 lead. The Red Sox went 5 for 8 in the first game when they had a man on second. Their success when they had a runner on second in the other two games was mixed: 1 for 6 in the second game; and 3 for 10 in the third game.
The video provided to the commissioner’s office by the Yankees was captured during the first two games of the series and included at least three clips. In the clips, the team’s assistant athletic trainer, Jon Jochim, is seen looking at his Apple Watch and then passing information to outfielder Brock Holt and second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who was injured at the time but in uniform. In one instance, Pedroia is then seen passing the information to Young.”
It also begs the question of how many times the Red Sox have done this during the season, and will MLB finally make sign stealing an actual rule to avoid scandals like this in the future.
The Yankees are 2.5 games behind Boston in the AL East standings.