The New York Times’ seemingly explosive report on Tuesday read like a bombshell, one that could find the Red Sox in serious trouble with commissioner Rob Manfred over their admitted use of an Apple Watch to swipe signals from the Yankees during a recent series.
But based on the reactions of both Manfred himself and Red Sox president of baseball ops Dave Dombrowski, sign-stealing isn’t as serious as it may seem to those following the story.
Dombrowski apparently took issue with the Yankees leaking the details of the investigation on the day that Manfred was visiting Boston, questioning their decision to publicize a matter that is normally discussed privately between teams.
I’m not sure there is a direct correlation to that,” said Dombrowski, who stressed that Manfred was in town to make a regular visit and not to address the sign-stealing story.
Manfred said during his Tuesday press conference that certain investigations are still ongoing, but the Red Sox were 100 percent cooperative and is confident that any violations on either side are no longer taking place.
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