Boston Red Sox Used Apple Watches to Steal Hand Signals From Other Teams

Investigators for Major League Baseball have determined that the Boston Red Sox executed a scheme to illicitly steal hand signals from opponents’ catchers in games, reports The New York Times. Citing several people briefed on the matter, the outlet says a member of the Red Sox’s training staff used his Apple Watch to communicate with video replay personnel and then passed the intel onto his players.

From the report:
“Investigators for Major League Baseball have determined that the Boston Red Sox, who are in first place in the American League East and likely headed to the playoffs, executed a scheme to illicitly steal hand signals from opponents’ catchers in games against the second-place Yankees and other teams, according to several people briefed on the matter.”
Yankees’ General Manager, Brian Cashman, instigated the investigation after calling into question watching training staff for the Red Sox looking at an Apple Watch in the dugout, and then relaying information to players. The players could have used that information to know which type of pitch was incoming. The investigation began two weeks ago, and by various means, including instant replays and dugout camera shots, have confirmed the allegations against the Red Sox.

It’s worth noting that the inclusion of the Apple Watch is what makes this action against the rules. In baseball, the second baseman is technically allowed to read the signals from the catcher and pass that information on to the batter. However, using a piece of technology to do that, even when a runner is not on second, is illegal.

 


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