BOSTON — Red Sox manager John Farrell offered no defense and no explanation on Tuesday after a report in The New York Times pegged the team as sign-stealers, swiping signals from the Yankees via the help of an Apple watch.
Farrell, speaking in his 4:20 p.m. usual pregame press conference, said the cheating case -- which embroils his training staff as well as some players, all the while impugning his own credibility -- is a league matter.
“Aware of the rule, electronic devices are not to be used in the dugout,” Farrell said. “But beyond that the only thing I can say is it’s a league matter at this point.”
Per the report, Farrell and Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski were unaware of the scheme.
The Times reported that MLB investigators determined the Sox did indeed steal the Yankees’ signs after an inquiry that started roughly two weeks ago. Yanks GM Brian Cashman filed a complaint the Times referred to as detailed. The complaint included “video the Yankees shot of the Red Sox dugout during a three-game series in Boston last month.”
The commissioner’s office then confronted the Red Sox, who admitted that their trainers had received signals from video replay personnel and then relayed that information to some players — an operation that had been in place for at least several weeks.
The Red Sox responded in kind on Tuesday, filing a complaint against the Yankees, claiming that the team uses a camera from its television network, YES, exclusively to steal signs during games.
Dustin Pedroia was involved, per the report.
The video provided to the commissioner’s office by the Yankees was captured during the first two games of the series and included at least three clips. In the clips, the team’s assistant athletic trainer, Jon Jochim, is seen looking at his Apple Watch and then passing information to outfielder Brock Holt and second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who was injured at the time but in uniform. In one instance, Pedroia is then seen passing the information to Young.
More light should be shed in a 5:45 scheduled press conference at Fenway Park with Rob Manfred.
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