MLB has been deliberating on the Boston Red Sox punishment for their part in an electronic sign-stealing scandal for months now. It took a long time for a number of reasons, despite the fact that the bigger Astros scandal was wrapped up early in the year after a much shorter investigation. The Dodgers and their fans have been waiting to hear the findings of the report after already being cheated out of a World Series in 2017.
Rob Manfred and the league determined that the main culprit in the scandal was not anyone in the Red Sox’ front office or even manager Alex Cora. The report named the team’s video system operator as the primary person on which the blame will be placed, much to the chagrin of Dodgers fans.
Many players told my investigators that they were unaware that in-game sign decoding from the replay station had been prohibited in 2018 and 2019.
As a result of the findings, the punishments will be very light for the Red Sox organization. The league suspended JT Watkins, the replay systems operator, and docked the team one second-round pick in the upcoming MLB draft. Alex Cora has also been suspended through the competition of the 2020 season, but only for his role with the Astros. His suspension is not related to his time with the Red Sox or the league’s investigation into the team.
It’s important to note here that in the report, the league did not find any signs of cheating or use of illegal systems during the 2018 postseason. All of that to say, the Dodgers were bested in the World Series in a straightforward manner, as opposed to the Astros. The league also found that the Red Sox use of electronic sign-stealing was ‘less egregious’ than the Astros.
The league ultimately decided that Watkins acted as a rogue employee and that he was not following the instruction of any coach, player, or executive.