Published: Thu, September 07, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Red Sox admit using electronic devices to steal catcher signs from Yankees

Red Sox admit using electronic devices to steal catcher signs from Yankees

Confusing? Here's some quick background for anyone who isn't a baseball fan - catchers communicate with pitchers and tell them which pitches to throw via hand signals. Personnel monitoring video would watch the catcher to see what signs he was giving to the pitcher and then send that on to the dugout, where an athletic trainer would relay information about upcoming pitches to players.

According to the Times report, which cited "several" unnamed people familiar with the matter, the Red Sox admitted to Major League Baseball that their trainers had received signals from video-replay personnel and then relayed that information to players, in a practice that had been ongoing for at least several weeks. The video is claimed to show a member of the Boston team looking at an Apple Watch before relaying a message to their players.

The Red Sox responded by filing their own complaint on Tuesday, alleging that NY uses cameras from its television broadcast on the YES network to steal signs.

The Red Sox, who recently lost three of four games to the Yankees in NY, have a narrow 2.5-game lead over their rival in the AL East standings. But in situations like these, opposing teams typically change up their signals so they can't be deciphered as easily.

After a two-week investigation, Major League Baseball went to the Red Sox with the information found. Some of these devices aim to assist with injury prevention, while others give coaches and trainers an overall look at players performance.

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While stealing signals can be part of the game, it's usually done by a runner on second base using his vantage point to tip off the batter about what pitch is coming.

The use of technology in the dugout, however, is tightly controlled by the League.

During their last series in Boston, which took place from August 18-20, the Red Sox won two of three games.

It's interesting that Apple Watch is at the center of this. It's unclear whether the Red Sox used Wi-Fi though.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred emphasized in interviews that the cases of spying seemed limited, although he also warned that electronic devices as a whole were not to be used in the dugout.

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