Boston Red Sox used Apple Watch in sign-stealing scheme

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       Some Red Sox hitters knew what pitch was coming thanks to an Apple Watch

He described sign stealing as "a form of behavior that we should not tolerate" and there are rules that would regulate the use of electronic devices being used.

"No, I don't", Dombrowski said.

Since 2015 when Manfred was named commissioner, this is the first case of a team being investigated for use of electronic devices to steal signs. Yankee GM Brian Cashman filed a detailed report with the commissioner's office that includes video tape.

"Jeffrey (Loria) ultimately made the decision that all the families are going to get to go with us, travel the whole trip, kids and the whole thing, and really provide a service for our families, which is really very nice of the organization", manager Don Mattingly said, referring to the Marlins' owner. The Red Sox got caught cheating.

Major League Baseball told the Times that it had corroborated the claims with its own tape, and the Red Sox have filed a counterclaim that one of the Yankees' television cameras is used to monitor hand signals.

"No chance", Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said. The complaint included video of a member of the Red Sox training staff looking at his Apple Watch in the dugout and then relaying a message to players. The information was relayed from the dugout to the batter. The newspaper said one clip showed Pedroia passing along the intelligence to Boston outfielder Chris Young, who formerly played for the Yankees.

The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees long-tenured rivalry now has another layer to it. "It has been a part of the game for a very, very long time". 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. The catcher, who sits behind the batter, signals to the pitcher what pitch should be thrown next.

It looks like Major League Baseball may have to rethink its stance on Apple Watches. The increased usage has also put leagues on alert over how to control improprieties.

Can any team, be it the Boston Red Sox down to the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats, decipher illegal information in less than 20 seconds that could change the outcome of a baseball game?

The five-team Super Bowl champion Patriots were penalized for "Spygate".

In the case of the New England Patriots, who were found guilty of secretly video-taping their opponents in the 2007 "Spygate scandal", the National Football League fined the team and its coach $750,000 and stripped them of a first round draft pick.



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