By this point, everyone’s aware that the Boston Red Sox were caught stealing signs using an electronic device against the New York Yankees in a mid-August series at Fenway Park.
Here’s how it happened: Red Sox athletic trainer Jon Jochim received signals via an Apple Watch from video replay personnel, and then relayed the information to the players.
After an investigation by MLB, the Red Sox confirmed the accusations from the Yankees were true.
Is this a big deal? Red Sox general manager Dave Dombrowski doesn’t seem to think so. Depending on how it’s done though:
— Chad Amaral (@Chad_Amaral) September 5, 2017
Sign stealing is a typical practice in MLB, but using electronic devices/technology to do so is prohibited by the league.
As it turns out, the Yankees might be guilty of that themselves.
On Tuesday—the same day the original story broke—Boston fired back at New York, accusing them of their own illegal sign stealing. Here’s an italicized portion of the linked article:
Boston’s evidence shows via video that the Yankees players were using the televised broadcast to steal signs while the game was going on. According to their evidence, Yes Network, the exclusive network for Yankees games, was aligning their cameras to show Red Sox bench coach, Gary DiSarcina.
On Tuesday, Yankees manager Joe Girardi denied the allegations. He also told the Daily News that it was, “complete nonsense.”
It’s uncertain how MLB commissioner Rob Manfred will discipline both teams, if at all.
“We will conduct a thorough investigation on both sides,” said Manfred. “We’re 100 percent comfortable that it is not an ongoing issue.”
Much like Dombrowski, Manfred was pretty laidback about the entire saga:
This sums up the Manfred press conference..he's doesn't see it as a big deal. Sorry Yankees fans, he doesn't care. pic.twitter.com/rYLv5UhAbM
— Chad Amaral (@Chad_Amaral) September 5, 2017
Dombrowski also thinks the Yankees leaked the story because Manfred happened to be in Boston on that particular day.
To make things even stranger, the Yankees accused Red Sox starter Doug Fister of using an earpiece to cheat.
Nope, it’s just his mouthguard:
Really dumb move by the Yankees. It’s one thing to have hard evidence while making an accusation. This though? Talk about LOOKING for a reason.
Unsurprisingly, that accusation was promptly dismissed by the league.
Girardi called Boston’s accusations against his team as nonsense. What’s truly nonsense though is assuming a mouthguard to be an earpiece. Haha!
Point blank, the Red Sox broke the rules. They used technology to gain an advantage. But the Yankees very well could’ve done the same. Nothing to do now but sit and wait to see what type of action Manfred will take.
What would be an appropriate punishment for the actions of both teams though? Banned for the entire 2018 season? A loss of draft picks? A hefty fine? Being forced to use a triple-A lineup for all of next year? Having to start each game trailing by a set amount of runs?
The possibilities are endless. But who knows what will happen. I have a feeling both teams will get let off with a warning. We will see.
The Yankees trail the Red Sox by 4 games in the AL East (New York already won today, while Boston awaits their game at 7 pm).
(Update: both teams were fined an undisclosed amount on September 15.)
Red Sox Take Game 2 in 2018 MLB World Series
Last night in the 2018 MLB World Series, it was game 2 between the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers. After 9 1/2 innings, the Boston Red Sox defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2.
it was David Price (BOS) going up against Hyun-Jin Ryu (LAD) on the pitching mound.
In six innings of the world series, David Price had an ERA of 3.00 with 3 hits and 2 runs and zero home runs.
On the LA Dodgers side, Hyun-Jin Ryu was the pitcher for the Dodgers. He only lasted 4.2 innings with 6 hits and 4 runs but zero home runs.
Game 3 is set for Friday, October 26, 2018 at 8:06 on Fox
Yankees, Red Sox Negotiating London 2-Game Series
The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox are closing in on an agreement to play a two-game series in London in June 2019, according to Bloomberg’s Janet Perkins and Scott Soshnick.
Reportedly the games will be held at London Stadium, which played host to several events at the 2012 Summer Olympics, if a deal is made official.
The stadium can hold up to 65,000 fans for sporting events and if a deal is made official it will continue MLB’s trend of playing regular season games in other countries such as Japan, Mexico, Australia and Puerto Rico over the years.
The Yankees and Red Sox are easily among the top MLB franchises in terms of global recognition and their storied rivalry and rosters of elite players will be an easy draw for the series as MLB looks to penetrate the European market.
It could also present quite the online betting opportunity for both US and European betting sites, especially as the series kicks off. When it does, this LVbet bonus code could come in handy, especially if it will be the first time you try your hand at something like this.
“We would love to participate in a series in London against the Yankees but this is a decision that MLB and the MLBPA will make,” Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy said.
Bloomberg reported the games would be played at London Stadium, which was the main facility for the 2012 summer Olympics. MLB has not played any games in Europe before, however, the Red Sox have played overseas in the past, including to Japan before the 2008 season.
“It’s a shorter trip than to California, right?” Yankees Manager Aaron Boone, who has never been to London, commented. “Let’s get the royal family out there. Maybe the queen can make an appearance.”
“It’s following the leader — the N.F.L.,” said Allen Adamson, a branding expert and an adjunct professor at N.Y.U. “It’s good for the Yankees, it’s good for Boston, and an attempt to inject some topspin into the sport, but I don’t think it mitigates the need to revitalize baseball in the United States.”
Adamson added: “It would be more interesting to play in Havana.”
The Yankees are in a business partnership with Manchester City F.C, so they are very familiar with the European sports landscape and the audience, and fans, that attend events across the pond.
MLB is trying to follow in the NFL’s footsteps, as both are chasing the NBA who have spearheaded the efforts to globalize their game.
The Waiting Game Continues For The Red Sox And JD Martinez
The Boston Red Sox haven’t made any significant roster moves this offseason with Spring Training less than a month away. Sure, they’ve revamped their coaching staff and have a new manager, but as far as players go? No new names; essentially the same roster as 2017.
A good way to describe Boston’s offseason would be the sound of crickets chirping.
However, things could change at any moment for the Red Sox and president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski. He’s waited this long; he can wait a little longer. Everyone knows that there’s only one man Dombrowski’s after; and that is- of course- free agent slugger JD Martinez.
According to ESPN’s Buster Olney this afternoon, the Red Sox have offered Martinez a deal “in the range” of five years at $100 million.
Source: Boston's offer to J.D. Martinez is in the range of five years, $100 million.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) January 17, 2018
At the start of the offseason, Martinez’s asking price was reportedly in the range of $200 million; Boston’s offer is half of that.
Boston needs a power bat in their lineup, and Martinez fills that void. The Red Sox finished fourth-to-last in the majors and last in the American League with 168 homers in 2017, a year that saw MLB set a new record with 6,105 dingers; it was also the first time since 1993 that the Red Sox finished last in the AL in homers. A total power outage!
Long story short, Dombrowski needs to acquire Martinez. Considering he’s yet to make a move to respond to the New York Yankees landing Giancarlo Stanton, the pressure is starting to build up for Dombrowski to show Martinez the money.
Martinez, 30, recently said he’s willing to wait until Spring Training to sign a deal with a new club.
The 6’3” Martinez bashed 45 homers in just 432 at-bats in 2017- one every less than 10 at-bats to go along with 104 RBIs. Not even a full season! His slash line was .303/.376/.690 split between the Detroit Tigers and Arizona Diamondbacks. Had Martinez finished with enough plate appearances to qualify, he all but certainly would’ve finished first in MLB in slugging percentage and OPS.
Those type of numbers in a contract year? Nothing but basic economics; that’s how you get PAID!
If Dombrowski doesn’t land Martinez- and assuming no blockbuster trade will be made before the season starts- it will be a wasted offseason for the Red Sox. They’ll have the same mediocre lineup which isn’t good enough to win in October. There will be no Stanton, no Carlos Santana, or no Eric Hosmer for that matter. Those three weren’t good enough for Dombrowski this offseason, and so Martinez is what’s left- not counting other current free agents like Lorenzo Cain, Mike Moustakas, and Todd Frazier- none of whom are on Dombrowski’s radar.
The time is now for Dombrowski to make a move. And by move, I mean sign Martinez. He’s in the prime of his career, made for Fenway Park, and made to give a lackluster Red Sox offense a spark that it so badly needs.
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