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Red Sox fined undisclosed amount for using electronic device to steal signs

Scott McLaughlin
September 15, 2017 - 5:04 pm

The punishment for the Red Sox' sign-stealing saga is in, and it's... basically a slap on the wrist. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred announced Friday afternoon that the Red Sox have been fined an undisclosed amount for using an electronic device to steal signs. The money will be donated to hurricane relief efforts in Florida.

The allegations were brought to MLB's attention when the Yankees filed a complaint against the Red Sox several weeks ago. Manfred noted in his statement that the Red Sox immediately halted the conduct and cooperated with the investigation as soon as they were made aware of the complaint. Manfred also found that the violation occurred without the knowledge of Red Sox ownership or front office personnel.

Manfred said all 30 MLB clubs have been notified that "future violations of this type will be subject to more serious sanctions, including the possible loss of draft picks."

MLB also investigated the Red Sox' counter-allegation that the Yankees improperly used video from YES Network to steal the Red Sox' signs, but Manfred said there was insufficient evidence to support the allegation.

However, the investigation did turn up a violation in a previous season of improper use of the dugout phone by the Yankees. Manfred said the Yankees have been fined a lesser amount as a result of that violation, which will also be donated to hurricane relief efforts.

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