It looks the Houston Astros have some company in the cheating department.
As MLB continues its investigation into alleged electronic sign-stealing by the Houston Astros, they now will have to turn their attention to the Boston Red Sox who are now being accused of allegedly stealing signs electronically during the 2018 season.
According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich, there are said to be three people involved with the Red Sox that say Boston players would visit the replay room to decipher their opponents’ sign sequence and then relay the information to the dugout.
Someone from the Red Sox dugout would then communicate with a baserunner, who would use body movements to relay pitch information to the batter.
Here are more details via ESPN:
“The use of the video room for sign stealing, which one Red Sox source described to The Athletic as “cheating,” was a practice only during the 2018 regular season, according to the report.
Multiple Red Sox sources told The Athletic that the system was impossible to use during the postseason because Major League Baseball had in-person monitors stationed in all video replay rooms during the playoffs.
“It’s cheating,” a source who was with the Red Sox in 2018 told The Athletic. “Because if you’re using a camera to zoom in on the crotch of the catcher, to break down the sign system, and then take that information and give it out to the runner, then he doesn’t have to steal it.”
Major League Baseball has reportedly told The Athletic that they will investigate those allegations into the Red Sox.
“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,” MLB said in its statement to The Athletic. “Given these allegations, MLB will commence an investigation into this matter.”
Red Sox manager Alex Cora, who guided Boston to the World Series title in his debut 2018 season, was also the Astros’ bench coach in 2017.