Olney: MLB fails to set example with toothless sign-stealing penalty for Red Sox – ESPN (blog)

Rob Manfred pointed out last week when asked about the Yankees’ complaint that MLB does not have a rule against stealing signs. 

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Any parent who has worked to alter the behavior of a son or daughter understands baseball commissioner Rob Manfred’s position as he decided what to do about the Boston Red Sox‘s violation of baseball’s rules against using technology in the dugout to steal signs.

The rule is established, given to teams in writing. And Major League Baseball apparently confirmed what the New York Yankees alleged was accurate: Through the use of a watch in the dugout and the adept handling of that decoding information by veteran players, the Red Sox repeatedly gained what was potentially a competitive advantage by rapidly relaying signs to the hitters.

In short: The Red Sox were caught red-handed. Sign-stealing is not against baseball’s rules, but everybody in baseball has been told that using technology is a violation, and Boston was nailed.

From Manfred’s statement: “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.”

The penalty: An undisclosed fine to be donated to hurricane relief efforts in Florida.

Manfred essentially punted on the discipline and offered the weak refrain of worn-out parents everywhere: Well, the next time we catch you, you’re really in trouble. From his statement: “I have received absolute assurances from the Red Sox that there will be no future violations of this type. … Moreover, all 30 clubs have been notified that future violations of this type will be subject to more serious sanctions, including the possible loss of draft picks.”

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