It is believed that the Sox were using Apple Watch's and other tech devices to pick signs from the pitcher.
It was the second straight win for the AL East-leading Red Sox, who moved four games ahead of the second-place Yankees. They might just be the first ones to use an Apple Watch to do so, and I think that scares purists of a game that is almost 150 years old. Except the kind of sign stealing that is legal requires the relaying of information to be spread by word of mouth - not using communications devices like the Red Sox did. Finally, a subtle movement, signal or indication from the runner on second, in theory, lets the batter know what pitch is coming, and ideally where it would be located.
"We actually do not have a rule against sign-stealing, and it has been a part of the game for a very, very long time", Manfred said in Boston. And don't kid yourself, everyone does it, including the Yankees. Last year, Major League Baseball partnered with Apple to bring iPads into the dugouts, but the devices' Internet capabilities were disabled so that coaching staff couldn't use them to access any real-time feeds from the game.
Two of his most revered baseball teams are tattling on each other, and Manfred wasn't expecting to be caught in the middle.
Smartphones are banned from dugouts and bullpens, but smartwatches are not, at least for now. "Sometimes the sophistication of (catchers') signs can make a difference".
That's what Girardi has been advocating for almost a decade and it's hard to argue against him.
Coaches are reconsidering how players communicate on the field to stop rivals overhearing their game plans and tactics.
Price will throw two simulated innings totaling about 30 pitches on Saturday. That shorthand could be changed every inning if necessary. All of that is OK under baseball's rules.
There are no rules against sign stealing. "We're 100 per cent comfortable that it is not an ongoing issue".
He acknowledged that teams should not use technology to steal signs, but also questioned how the Yankees have been able to hit Sox ace Chris Sale so well this year.
Tuesday, Yankees manager Joe Girardi denied that allegation, telling reporters that there's "no chance". How else would the Bombers have known about the Boston's trainer's Apple Watch unless the opposing dugout was under constant surveillance?
"I'm not really sure why it is, personally", Dombrowski said.
If Pedroia came out and declared his innocence, he'd be taking a big risk if, in fact, he is in the wrong. History has proven that to be true. It took that long before it was positively revealed the New York Giants used a spyglass-and-buzzer system to relay pitch signals to their hitters during their famed 1951 chase of the Brooklyn Dodgers, which culminated with Bobby Thomson's bottom-of-the-ninth, winning homer in the decisive Game 3 of the NL playoffs. But using electronics on the bench to steal signs is illegal.
As you might expect, tabloid newspapers in both Boston and NY really seemed to enjoy themselves Wednesday morning.
And as the Times' report indicates, the Sox' scheme produced only mixed results. They went 1 for 6 and 3 for 10 in subsequent games.
That's why Manfred will nearly certainly let this protest pass without drastically disciplining the Sox.
Boston used 12 pitchers against the Blue Jays, tying an American League record set a day earlier by the Los Angeles Angels.