Two days after being accused of using an Apple Watch to steal the New York Yankees signs, the Boston Red Sox are hitting back and accusing the Yankees of stealing signs by using a TV camera.
The New York Times reported on Tuesday that the Yankees had filed a complaint with the commissioner’s office that they had proof the Red Sox were using an Apple Watch to relay signals to players.
The commissioner’s office corroborated the Yankees’ findings and the Red Sox admitted to the operation.
However, the saga did not stop there. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Red Sox presented to the commissioner’s office with what they believe is evidence that the Yankees used a YES Network camera pointed at the dugout to steal signs.
“That particular camera shot was one of those that the Red Sox received in their video room feed, and according to a source, they were so concerned about it – and about whether it was being used to steal signs from DiSarcina – that they had their bench coach alter his position in the dugout.”
The Times had also mentioned Boston’s beliefs that the Yankees were stealing signs.
Olney reports that the Red Sox have been aware of the camera angle before, but this was the first time they have been able to capture images that they then forwarded to the commissioner’s office. Commissioner Rob Manfred is looking into the matter, according to Olney.
It’s legal to steal signs in baseball, but not with the help of technology. The Times reported that some teams hoped the league office would fine the Red Sox or dock them draft picks, with some even hoping they would take away some wins, though that seems unlikely.
With both teams battling in the AL East and playoffs just around the corner, these new cheating allegations only figure to heat things up.