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MLB Rumors: Red Sox lawyer suggests team knows sign-stealing investigation results

MLB Rumors: Red Sox lawyer suggests team knows sign-stealing investigation results

It's been more than two months since MLB began its investigation into the 2018 Boston Red Sox for alleged illegal sign stealing. The league still has yet to reveal its findings, though it looks like the organization may already know what the long-awaited report will say.

According to The Athletic's Daniel Kaplan, a lawyer for the Red Sox suggested MLB has already reached its conclusion on whether the team illegally stole signs using electronics in 2018.

Lauren Moskowitz of Cravath, Swaine & Moore appeared in court for an argument on whether lawsuits brought by daily fantasy sports contestants over MLB's sign-stealing scandal should be dismissed. Her comments seem to imply the Red Sox are aware of commissioner Rob Manfred's findings, and that they disagree with them.

“Your Honor, I think that there are distinctions between what the Red Sox believe occurred and what the commissioner found," Moskowitz told Judge Jed Radoff. "And I think that certainly they’re entitled to disagree that that activity happened at the club level. Certainly, we did find on certain occasions in 2017, that this electronic device was used to communicate sign information.”

Moskowitz's reference to 2017 almost certainly is regarding the Red Sox being caught using an electronic watch to relay signs during that season.

MLB's findings were expected to be revealed prior to Opening Day on March 26. However, the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic has taken precedent, so we may have to wait even longer to read what Manfred's report says. The 2020 season has been postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus.

If the lawyer's comments are any indication, MLB at least concluded there was some wrongdoing on the Red Sox' part, and the club is denying some of what the league found. As for the extent of those wrongdoings, we'll just have to continue waiting for the official report to finally be released. 

Pedro Martinez hopes MLB owners, players can think about fans and compromise

Pedro Martinez hopes MLB owners, players can think about fans and compromise

The NHL has announced a return-to-play strategy. The NBA could announce its plan as soon as Thursday after a Board of Governors vote.

And then there's Major League Baseball.

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MLB's first proposal was quickly shot down by the Players' Association, which submitted its own plan over the weekend. That's also expected to be immediately dismissed. And as the days tick by, the hopes for a 2020 season get dimmer. While there's still time to salvage a season, the lack of productive dialogue between the league and the MLBPA is getting discouraging.

Speaking on NBC Sports Network's "Lunch Talk Live" on Monday afternoon, Pedro Martinez voiced his frustration with the stalemate.

"I'm hoping that both sides actually stop thinking about their own good and start thinking about the fans," Martinez said. "I think this is a perfect time to have their baseball teams out there and try to have the people forget a little bit about what's going on. It's not only the pandemic, it's everything that's going on. People need something to actually do and find a way to relax. I hope that the Players' Association and MLB realize how important it is to bring some sort of relief to people."

Martinez is spot-on with the sentiment that sports returning would be a welcome respite from the news right now. But getting players back on the field is proving to be complicated, especially as the sides navigate the financials of a shorter season without revenue from tickets.

"The economics is the dark part of baseball. The business part of baseball is dirty. It's dark," Martinez told Tirico. "And I hope that they take into consideration who pays our salaries, what the people do for us, how important the people are, and forget about or at least bend your arm a little bit to find a middle ground for the negotiations.

Let's not be selfish about it. Let's think about the fans, let's think about the families that are home that want to at least watch a baseball game and distract themselves from all the things that are going on.

Ongoing disputes over money are reflecting horribly on the sport, and cancelling the entire 2020 season could do irreperable harm to a sport that has seen its popularity ebb in recent years.

Fans can only hope that the sides take Pedro's advice, and find some common ground — and do it quickly. 

Relive Manny Ramirez's greatest moments on Red Sox legend's 48th birthday

Relive Manny Ramirez's greatest moments on Red Sox legend's 48th birthday

One of the most entertaining players ever to don a Boston Red Sox uniform was born 48 years ago today.

That would be Manny Ramirez, who celebrates his birthday on May 30. In honor of the special occasion, Major League Baseball tweeted an awesome video that includes some of Ramirez's greatest moments:

Watch below:

That cutoff of Johnny Damon's throw never gets old.

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Ramirez joined the Red Sox in 2001 after spending the first seven seasons of his career with the Cleveland Indians. From there, he became a key contributor to two World Series titles (2004 and 2007) and furthered his legacy as one of the best right-handed hitters of all time.

He isn't done yet, either. Ramirez announced just a couple of months ago he is hoping to find a roster spot in Taiwan's Chinese Professional Baseball League. More "Manny Being Manny"? That sounds great to us.

We wish a very happy birthday to one of the greatest (and most interesting) players in Red Sox history.