How Guilty Are the New York Yankees of Electronic Sign Stealing?

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Carlos Beltran’s tenure with the New York Yankees is becoming more and more complicated since the Astros sign-stealing scandal became public. Many people brought up the fact that the Apple Watch debacle between the Yankees and Red Sox a few weeks before Manfred officially made electronic sign-stealing illegal. Now, veteran sportswriter, Peter Gammons, have found a new level to the sign-stealing the Yankees may or may not have been guilty of.

Former Yankee Chris Young Spills the Beans

Playing for both the Yankees and Red Sox in his career, Chris Young was interviewed about his involvement in the Apple Watch practices employed by the Boston Red Sox. Young was later revealed to be one of the masterminds for the entire scheme. And according to Gammons, Young “got it from when I was with the Yankees.”

It’s important to reiterate that before Manfred’s memo in 2017, players going into the replay room to learn what the signs were wasn’t illegal. The New York Yankees did it. This has been proven. However, what got exacerbated was how the Red Sox decided to employ similar practices. Young, instead of going to the replay room, had received texts FROM the replay room (once the sequence was deciphered) sent straight to the dugout. And so, the commissioner’s decree of electronic sign-stealing being illegal came to be.

What’s interesting is who in the Yankees got the team to start deciphering catcher signs in the replay room. No evidence came out of Andy Martino’s article for SNY reporting what Peter Gammons revealed today about who got the Yankees to start deciphering signs. But it’s worth noting that Beltran WAS on the Yankees when Young was a Yankee. Beltran heralded for his sign-stealing abilities, would be the likely mastermind, especially with what we know about his orchestrating the Astros sign-stealing scandal.

Let’s Clear One Thing Up About the Yankees in the Astros Debate

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The New York Yankees are pretty embroiled in the Astros scandal. But some altered information is beginning to surface painting the boys in the Bronx in a less than favorable light. A light that makes them look like beneficiaries of the investigation into the Astros.

The Yankees/Red Sox Sign Stealing Debate of 2017

In an August series between the Sox and Yanks, the Yankees accused the Red Sox of electronically stealing signs. It was discovered that the Red Sox DID steal signs, and relayed them back to the dugout using Apple smartwatches. The Red Sox, in turn, accused the Yankees of stealing signs via a feed from the YES broadcasts. MLB investigated both claims and fined both teams. The Red Sox were found to have been guilty of using electronics to steal and relay signs to the Boston dugout. The Yankees were fined for improper use of dugout phones, not for stealing signs electronically. Later that year, the commissioner issued the ruling on electronic sign-stealing that is part of the basis for the Astros punishment.

What ACTUALLY Was Revealed About the Yankees Electronically Stealing Signs

In an article from Andy Martino, the Yankees WERE found to have committed the same crimes the Red Sox and Astros are being punished for today. But, and this is important (if albeit semantics-based) but, the Yankees were found to have committed these crimes back BEFORE the commissioner took the stance he took in 2017 on electronic sign stealing. The Yankees inevitably stopped the sign stealing, which helped clear the Yankees of further punishment.

Why Is This Important?

The Yankees, while found to have been guilty of past electronic sign stealing, weren’t in violation of MLB rules and regulations, as this rule came into effect AFTER the Yankees were done with their practice. The Red Sox and Astros are being punished for electronically stealing signs AFTER it was deemed a punishable offense by the commissioner’s office.

Is it a loophole like how Beltran wasn’t punished by baseball? Not really. Look at The Purge. For one night, you can do whatever you want without legal repercussions. If it wasn’t a punishable offense, why should the Yankees be punished for doing something that was legal to do?

Let’s stop acting like David Brosius, who committed slander accusing Mike Trout of taking HGH. Get your facts straight, and be informed before jumping to wild conclusions.