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Ian Kinsler 'doesn’t see any form of punishment' coming for Red Sox 'flawless' sign-stealing system

Ian Kinsler 'doesn’t see any form of punishment' coming for Red Sox 'flawless' sign-stealing system

The Boston Red Sox are still anxiously awaiting the results of an MLB investigation into sign-stealing in 2018, part of a scandal that has marred the team and all of baseball the past two months.

The scandal has led to the departure of Red Sox manager Alex Cora, and 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, after he was suspended for a year by MLB. Cora was a part of Hinch's staff in 2017 as bench coach when the scheme to use real-time video to steal opponents' signals began.

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MLB's delays in the Red Sox investigation have led some to speculate that the probe may not find much. And in a recent interview on 1310 The Ticket in Dallas, former Red Sox second baseman Ian Kinsler said that MLB wouldn't find "anything close to what's going on [in Houston]."

"I don’t know what [MLB] 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 detailed that any Red Sox player has been about the allegations to date, and with good reason. Kinsler is retired, so he doesn't stand to lose anything by talking now.

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 de-code 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 video 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 going forward.

Still, 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.”

Red Sox 2018 World Series champion Ian Kinsler announces retirement

Red Sox 2018 World Series champion Ian Kinsler announces retirement

Ian Kinsler, a member of the 2018 World Series champion Boston Red Sox, is hanging 'em up.

Kinsler announced his retirement on Friday after 14 MLB seasons. The 37-year-old will remain with the San Diego Padres in front-office capacity, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

“My pride wouldn’t let me go halfway at something that I’ve been doing at 100 percent for my whole baseball life," Kinsler said, per The Athletic.

“It just felt like this is the end, time to move on. I gave it everything I had. It’s time to do something else.”

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Kinsler was a four-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glover in his impressive career, which he finishes with 1,999 hits, a .269 batting average, 257 home runs, 243 stolen bases, and a .777 OPS.

The Red Sox traded for Kinsler just before the 2018 deadline. With Boston, Kinsler played in 37 games hitting .242 with one home run and 16 RBI.

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Red Sox lose another player, as Ian Kinsler gets 2-year deal from Padres

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Red Sox lose another player, as Ian Kinsler gets 2-year deal from Padres

For the second time in as many days, the Red Sox lost a player to a West coast team in free agency.

But while the world champs made a play to re-sign Joe Kelly before he signed with the Dodgers, it was a foregone conclusion that Ian Kinsler wouldn't be back in 2019. The veteran infielder made it official Friday, agreeing to a two-year, $8M deal with the San Diego Padres.

The 36-year-old was a classic Rent-A-Player for the Sox, who added Kinsler at the trade deadline when it became obvious that Dustin Pedroia wouldn't be able to return to the lineup.

And though the normally slick-fielding second baseman (he won a Gold Glove in 2018) made a costly error to help doom the Sox in Game 3 of the World Series, he was a crucial midseason acquisition by Dave Dombrowski, along with Steve Pearce and Nathan Eovaldi.

Kinsler wound up hitting .242 with seven steals and 16 RBI in 37 regular-season games in Boston.

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