Possible punishment: Red Sox latest New England team to be called cheaters
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BOSTON — American East leaders, the Boston Red Sox could face consequences after New York Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman filed a complaint with the Major League Baseball commissioner's office claiming Red Sox players and staff were using a Apple watch to steal hand signals from the Yankees' catchers.
The New York Times reports the Yankees videotaped a member of the Red Sox training staff during a three-game series in Boston last month looking at his Apple watch in the dugout then relaying a message to other players in the dugout who then signaled teammates on the field about the next pitch that was going to be thrown.
Sign stealing has long been a part of the game and is allowed but using electronic gadgets to do it is against the rules.
According to the Times, the Red Sox admitted they received signals from video replay personnel when confronted by MLB.
The Times said the Red Sox told MLB investigators that Boston manager John Farrell, general manager Dave Dombrowski and other team executives were not aware of the operation, which had been going on for weeks.
Boston then responded to the allegations by filing a complaint against the Yankees for essentially doing the same, just without an Apple watch.
Commissioner Rob Manfred said he wants to get the matter resolved quickly.
"The only thing that I can tell you about repercussions is that to the extent that there was a violation on either side — and I'm not saying that there was — to the extent that there was a violation on either side, we are 100 percent comfortable that it is not an ongoing issue — that if it happened, it is no longer happening," he said.
For more on the possible punishments the team could face or to sound off, listen to "The Mike Adams Show with John Hamblett" starting at 2 p.m. on Frank 106.3.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.