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Rob Manfred says Red Sox sign-stealing investigation is complete; report to come before season starts

Rob Manfred says Red Sox sign-stealing investigation is complete; report to come before season starts

MLB's seemingly never-ending investigation into the 2018 Boston Red Sox for alleged illegal sign-stealing is finally reaching its conclusion.

The investigation, which began in January, is complete according to commissioner Rob Manfred. A written report has not been released yet due to the coronavirus pandemic taking precedent, but Manfred said Wednesday night on ESPN it will be out before the start of the regular season.

As for when the 2020 MLB season will finally begin, that's anyone's guess.

"My optimistic outlook is that at some point in May we’ll be gearing back up," Manfred told Van Pelt. "We’ll have to make a determination depending on what the precise date is as to how much of a preparation period we need."

The Red Sox are being investigated for allegedly using a video replay room to relay signs to hitters during their 2018 World Series campaign. Boston's manager from that season, Alex Cora, was at the center of the offseason's sign-stealing scandal involving the 2017 Houston Astros.

Who are the best right fielders in Red Sox history? Ranking the Top 5

Who are the best right fielders in Red Sox history? Ranking the Top 5

Corner outfielders for the Red Sox have vastly different responsibilities. 

While left fielders have to learn how to play with the Green Monster at their backs, right fielders are tasked with covering an immense amount of ground with some quirky angles —duties which require not just a mobile defender, but a fearless one. A strong arm helps, too, lest the turnstiles between first and third just spin all game.

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Fortunately for the Red Sox, there have been no shortage of exceptional right fielders over the years, including a number who didn't make our top five, like Dirt Dog Trot Nixon; postseason heroes J.D. Drew and Shane Victorino; and Earl Webb, whose 67 doubles in 1931 remain one of the longest-standing single-season records in the game.

The final list includes a Hall of Famer, two MVPs, a hometown hero, and one of the franchise's longest tenured stars.

Click here for the Top 5 right fielders in Red Sox history.

David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez meet up for nostalgia-filled workout session

David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez meet up for nostalgia-filled workout session

Boston's Bash Brothers are reunited once again.

Former Red Sox stars David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez met up at a batting cage Wednesday to take some swings -- and Big Papi has the awesome proof.

Here's the selfie Ortiz posted of he and Ramirez (who has added a few gray hairs...) on Instagram:

According to Ortiz's Instagram story, it appears his teenage son, D'Angelo, also got in on the session.

The Ortiz-Ramirez crew likely were somewhere in South Florida at a batting cage operated by Gradum Baseball, which posted a 36-minute live interview of the two former Sox sluggers Wednesday on Instagram.

Ortiz and Ramirez spent five-plus seasons as teammates in Boston, winning two World Series titles together in 2004 and 2007 and representing one of the most feared 3- and 4-hitter combos in baseball. The duo racked up 10 All-Star appearances between them and both already are members of the Red Sox Hall of Fame.

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Ortiz retired in 2016 and now works as a special assistant on the Red Sox' staff. (He appears to be in good health after being shot in the Dominican Republic last summer.) But the 47-year-old Ramirez still wants to play, recently expressing his desire to join Taiwan's Chinese Professional Baseball League in 2020.

What better way to train for a comeback than with an old friend and fellow living legend?