Dirty Sox: Boston caught using an Apple Watch to cheat against Yankees
When people think about cheating and Boston sports, they usually think about the New England Patriots with Spygate and Deflategate. But a new report suggests that it may be the team playing in Fenway Park that deserves the cheater reputation.
Earlier this week, a report came out showing that the New York Yankees accused the Boston Red Sox of stealing their signs and relaying it to players using an Apple Watch. When the MLB began to investigate the accusations, the Red Sox admitted it was true but maintained that several high-ranking personnel, such as manager John Farrell and general manager Dave Dombrowski, were not aware of the cheating.
The Red Sox then counter-complained that the Yankees use their YES Network cameras to do the same thing, a claim which the Yankees deny.
Stealing signs is not illegal in Major League Baseball. In fact, it’s part of the game. If a catcher or coach isn’t concealing their signs and telegraphing what pitches or plays the team’s planning to run, then it would be idiotic for teams not to take advantage of that information. What’s not allowed is using electronic devices, such as cameras or Apple Watches, to steal signs.
This story really shows how improving technologies are making it easier for teams to cheat in professional sports. In the past, teams were accused of using lights in the outfield to help teams steal signs. Now it’s as simple as sending a message to a tiny watch.
And it’s not just baseball either. The NFL previously did not allow electronic devices on sidelines, but now every team is allowed several iPads to analyze plays. But how do NFL officials know that those iPads are being used in ways that are 100 percent legal and part of the game?
If cheating is getting easier and the punishments are just slaps on the wrist, what’s stopping teams from pushing the envelope in the future? The answer: Nothing.
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