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Saturday, March 21, 2020

Red Sox may be aware of sign-stealing investigation findings

A report from The Athletic’s Daniel Kaplan says that the Red Sox might have seen the findings of the unreleased report on MLB’s inquiry into possible sign-stealing in 2018. A lawyer for the Red Sox, Lauren Moskowitz, referred to MLB’s findings during a legal hearing that was held to determine whether or not fantasy sports players have the legal standing to bring lawsuits against baseball and teams accused of sign-stealing for holding illegitimate competitions.

Moskowitz was asked by the Judge Jed Rakoff whether or not the Sox admit that they violated the rules in 2018. Moskowitz said that the team refuses to do so. She elaborated when further pressed by Rakoff:

“Your Honor, I think that there are distinctions between what the Red Sox believe occurred and what the commissioner found. And I think that certainly they’re entitled to disagree that that activity happened at the club level. Certainly, we did find on certain occasions in 2017, that this electronic device was used to communicate sign information.”

Legal representation for MLB and the Astros also took part in the hearing, which according to Kaplan was done over the phone (likely due to concerns about COVID-19).

Arte Johnson would have had something to say about this…..

 

QLE Posted: March 21, 2020 at 01:03 AM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: coverups, dirty rotten cheaters, red sox

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   1. The Yankee Clapper Posted: March 21, 2020 at 12:51 PM (#5932485)
Manfred needs to release the results of the investigation pronto. If we can’t have games, we should at least enjoy a thorough discussion of the Red Sox’s perfidy and the adequacy of their draconian punishments.
   2. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 21, 2020 at 01:19 PM (#5932489)
Lemme guess, they had someone in the Commissioner's office with an Apple watch...
   3. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 21, 2020 at 01:21 PM (#5932490)
Moskowitz was asked by the Judge Jed Rakoff whether or not the Sox admit that they violated the rules in 2018. Moskowitz said that the team refuses to do so.
Shocking.
   4. The Duke Posted: March 21, 2020 at 02:20 PM (#5932496)
Remind me again - what are they being investigated for ? I’ve lost track of which rule they violated this time.
   5. bobm Posted: March 21, 2020 at 03:02 PM (#5932506)
From the NY Post:

“You’re not saying the Red Sox didn’t violate those rules, are you?” Judge Jed Rakoff asked Moskowitz, referring to the club’s alleged electronic sign-stealing that dates back to 2017.

“Do you admit that the Red Sox violated the rules?” Rakoff added.

“We do not admit that,” Moskowitz responded.

“The commissioner of baseball was just off base, in your view,” Rakoff said.


Funny guy.
   6. Starring RMc as Bradley Scotchman Posted: March 21, 2020 at 05:52 PM (#5932533)
I'm so old I remember when sign-stealing was a big deal. Back in the early twenties, I believe.
   7. eric Posted: March 22, 2020 at 02:30 PM (#5932652)
I think releasing the report right now would be great timing. It would minimize the negative impact, as everyone's more focused on the end of the world.
   8. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: March 22, 2020 at 03:11 PM (#5932660)
“You’re not saying the Red Sox didn’t violate those rules, are you?” Judge Jed Rakoff asked Moskowitz, referring to the club’s alleged electronic sign-stealing that dates back to 2017.

From Wikipedia:

Rakoff is a lifelong fan of the New York Yankees, and keeps a baseball signed by Mariano Rivera in a glass case on his desk.

(IANAL but my impression is that Rakoff is an extremely well regarded judge. This was not meant as a knock on him, other than to expose his poor judgment in rooting for the Yankees.)
   9. Commissioner Bud Black Beltre Hillman Fred Posted: March 22, 2020 at 04:39 PM (#5932670)
I think releasing the report right now would be great timing. It would minimize the negative impact, as everyone's more focused on the end of the world.
On the other hand, might make sense to hold off -- if the world does actually end, they don't need to release it at all.

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