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Friday, March 27, 2020

Rob Manfred says MLB is finished investigating Red Sox for alleged sign-stealing in 2018

Major League Baseball was supposed to kick off the 2020 season on Thursday, March 26. Unfortunately, the spread of the novel coronavirus has delayed Opening Day until later in the year, depending on the effectiveness of various containment measures imposed across the country. It is unknown at this point if there will be a season or what it will entail.

Given how much uncertainty commissioner Rob Manfred is dealing with, it’s understandable that he hasn’t found time to address some lingering business from the time before COVID-19, such as authoring the league’s report on the Boston Red Sox’s alleged technological misconduct during their championship 2018 season. Basically, the Red Sox are accused of stealing signs by using their replay room in a violation of the league rules.

Manfred addressed that topic (among others) with Scott Van Pelt on “SportsCenter.” “We are done with the investigation,” he said. “There’s been a delay in terms of producing a written report, just because I, frankly, have not had time to turn to it with the other issues. But we will get a Boston report out before we resume play.”

What do we make of this explanation?


QLE Posted: March 27, 2020 at 12:46 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: coverups, investigations, manfred is thinking about it, red sox

Tuesday, March 03, 2020

Grand jury examines evidence in 2019 overdose death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs

TEMPE, Ariz. —  A Texas grand jury has been hearing evidence that could form the basis for criminal charges related to the death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, two people familiar with the matter told the Los Angeles Times.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing proceedings.

Erin Dooley, a spokeswoman for the United States attorney’s office for the Northern District of Texas, told The Times via email: “I’m afraid I don’t have anything on the Skaggs matter for you at the moment.”

Laurie Levenson, a Loyola Law School professor and former federal prosecutor, called the involvement of a grand jury “significant.”


QLE Posted: March 03, 2020 at 03:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: drugs, grand jury, investigations, tyler skaggs

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Rob Manfred has a history of botching investigations

Back in 2012-13, long before the Houston Astros became known for banging garbage cans and avoiding significant punishment, Rob Manfred was in charge of a different, high-profile, baseball scandal.

That one centered on Biogenesis, a South Florida “health clinic” that turned out to be supplying performance enhancing drugs to star players, most notably Alex Rodriguez.

Manfred was just Major League Baseball’s Chief Operating Officer back then, not the lofty Commissioner job he currently holds.

The investigation, however, was every bit the train wreck of this Astros one, except it stemmed from MLB’s overaggressive techniques and a drive for “justice” that stand in stark contrast to the low-key, small-sanction controversy of today.

Wait a minute- I thought the Peter Principle was suppose to hit in at the first level incompetence was shown…..

QLE Posted: February 26, 2020 at 12:52 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: biogenesis, incompetence, sheer incompetence, investigations, rob manfred

Friday, February 07, 2020

MLB may rule on Red Sox’s alleged sign stealing by start of camp

ORLANDO, Fla.—Major League Baseball intends to impose new limits on what live video is available to teams, and commissioner Rob Manfred hopes to complete his investigation into alleged electronic sign stealing by the Boston Red Sox before spring training camps open next week.

“I think you should assume that before the season starts we will have new guidelines with respect to the use of video equipment,” Manfred said Thursday after an owners meeting. “I think we have too much video available in real time right now.”

After former Houston pitcher Mike Fiers told The Athletic in November that the Astros used a video camera to steal the signs of opposing catchers in 2017 and 2018, Manfred last month suspended Houston manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow for one season, fined the Astros $5 million and stripped them of their first- and second-round drafts picks in 2020 and 2021.

Hinch and Luhnow were fired the same day, and the scandal led to the departures of Boston manager Alex Cora, Houston’s bench coach during its 2017 title run, and New York Mets manager Carlos Beltran, an Astros player that season.

Something to watch for in the coming days.



QLE Posted: February 07, 2020 at 12:43 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dirty rotten cheaters, investigations, red sox, sign-stealing




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