Pedroia defends the Red Sox stealing signs

Posted September 08, 2017

John W Henry's Red Sox used an Apple Watch to send messages to their batters during matches against the New York Yankees.

On Tuesday, the team admitted to using an Apple Watch as part of a ploy to steal signs from opposing teams during recent home games, including those against their archrival, the New York Yankees.

The reason it is investigating the Yankees' complaint is that there is a rule against using electronic devices in the dugout and the Sox allegedly used an Apple watch. The 37-year-old continues to amaze as she pursues another major title.

Still, Manfred is known to value deterrence for breaking the rules. There's a lot of things in our way, but nothing's going to stop us from continuing to where we want to go and what we want to be.

For decades, spying on another team has been part of baseball's gamesmanship.

SCHMIDT: Correct. The Yankees filed a detailed complaint with Baseball that included footage of the Red Sox dugout that showed the trainer using the watch.

And please don't get me started about the abomination that is baseball's instant replay system.

The Red Sox won two of three from the Yankees during the series August 18-20.

Apparently, the Red Sox's efforts worked well enough.

"I think there was something that was suspected of going on", Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner said before Tuesday night's game in Baltimore.

The win raised the Red Sox' lead over the rained-out New York Yankees to four games atop the American League East. Signs can change from batter to batter and even pitch to pitch - the Yankees are a team that frequently has its catcher go out to the mound to tell pitchers to discuss what to throw.

Some sides have had clubhouse attendants quickly relay information to the dugout from the personnel monitoring video feeds.

Regardless of where you stand on that question, with the almost Rube-Goldberg-esque chain of communication needs to take place in order to pull off such a scheme effectively, is this even really possible?

According to the Boston Globe, several league executives feel that if Major League Baseball does not come down on the Red Sox sternly for their actions that it will be a "joke". They wait silently for someone to tell them whether they got the call right and signal what they're told, without any explanation to fans or real concern about sticking to the two-minute limit or edict to improve the game's pace of play. After further evidence of videotaping emerged, Goodell was criticized for his quick punishment delivery and was accused of trying to protect the Patriots, one of the league's premier teams, by minimizing the damage against them.

Stealing signs by analogue means - such as a team mate at second base seeing the catcher and revealing the signal to the batter opposite - is legal. Now they have another connection: sign stealing. "Everyone in the game has been involved in it throughout the years". "I was talking to the trainer about what time I'm rehabbing the next day". "I don't think it's that big a deal".