MLB rules on Red Sox-Yankees sign stealing and fines both teams – CBSSports.com

Earlier this month, news broke that the Red Sox had been caught using an Apple Watch to steal signs from the Yankees. This came to light via a Yankees complaint. The Red Sox, in turn filed a complaint about the Yankees using YES Network to steal signs from the Red Sox. At the time, it was reported that Major League Baseball was investigating the matter. 

MLB has concluded its investigation. Here’s the full statement from MLB and commissioner Rob Manfred. We have bolded the most pertinent parts for easier reading. 

“Several weeks ago, the New York Yankees filed a complaint with the Commissioner’s Office alleging that the Boston Red Sox violated certain Major League Baseball Regulations by using electronic equipment to aid in the deciphering of signs being given by the Yankees’ catcher.  The Commissioner’s Office has conducted a thorough investigation of the allegation.  Today, I am prepared to disclose the results of that investigation.

“At the outset, it is important to understand that the attempt to decode signs being used by an opposing catcher is not a violation of any Major League Baseball Rule or Regulation.  Major League Baseball Regulations do, however, prohibit the use of electronic equipment during games and state that no such equipment ‘may be used for the purpose of stealing signs or conveying information designed to give a Club an advantage.’  Despite this clear Regulation, the prevalence of technology, especially the technology used in the replay process, has made it increasingly difficult to monitor appropriate and inappropriate uses of electronic equipment.  Based on the investigation by my office, I have nonetheless concluded that during the 2017 season the Boston Red Sox violated the Regulation quoted above by sending electronic communications from their video replay room to an athletic trainer in the dugout. 

“In assessing

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