The Boston Red Sox are still eagerly awaiting the results of an MLB-led investigation into sign-stealing that has marred the team and league over the course of the past two months.
The allegations against the Red Sox led to the departure of manager Alex Cora amid the scandal. Meanwhile, the Houston Astros have been hit with some harsh penalties for a sign-stealing scandal of their own. They fired their manager, A.J. Hinch, and Cora was a part of his staff in 2017 when the alleged acts began.
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That said, the MLB's delays in the investigation of the Red Sox have led some to believe that the league may not find much. And in a recent interview on 1310 The Ticket in Dallas, former Red Sox second baseman, Ian Kinsler, said that the MLB wouldn't find "anything close to what's going on (in Houston)."
"I don’t know what (the league) is going to find, but in my opinion, it’s not anything close to what’s going on (in Houston), Kinsler said, as transcribed by MassLive.com's Chris Cotillo. “The Red Sox were just a very tight-knit group. When I was injected into that team in the middle of the season, it was a lot like the Rangers clubs I was on, where it was just a very tight-knit group and their system was flawless. They just had a very good system of relaying from second base to home plate. That was it. Honestly. We’ll see what happens with the commissioner’s report.”
This is the most that any Red Sox player has said about the allegations to date, and with good reason. Kinsler is retired, so he doesn't stand to lose anything by going out and saying these things.
That said, while Kinsler's depiction of the Red Sox sign-stealing is far from damning, he did acknowledge that while watching his previous at-bat on tape, he would check out the signs to see if he could crack them.
“If there’s a video and you’re going to check out your at-bat and while you’re checking out your at-bat, there’s a runner on second base also, and you look through your at-bat to see your personal flaws and what you’re trying to fix for the next time… I’m going to go back again and check out the signs and see if I can crack them,” Kinsler said. “If I can, I can. If I can’t, I can’t.”
That's somewhat of a gray area, as all MLB teams have access to this tape in-game. So, it will certainly be interesting to see what the MLB rules on this aspect of the allegations and what they may do to curb in-game video usage going forward.
But as Kinsler said, he doesn't think that the Red Sox are going to get anything more than "a small punishment," as the league won't find anything "substantial".
“I’m interested to see what happens with this whole report because I truly believe they’re not going to find anything that’s substantial,” he said. “They might throw a small punishment out there because they did a report. I don’t know. I don’t know where they stand on this whole thing. We saw where they stood on the Astros thing. I just really don’t see any form of punishment coming to the Red Sox. It was a very good team.”