Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich first reported on The Athletic that the Boston Red Sox are being investigated for the illegal use of the team's video replay room back in 2018. Allegedly, the team used video to gather pitching signs and deliver to their runners on base.
It was also reported by The Athletic that the MLB is also investigating the Houston Astros for stealing signs electronically during the 2017 season.
While these are just allegations, at this point, the old saying, "Where there is smoke, there is fire" may apply here. There certainly seems to be a growing issue with the improper use of video to cheat.
Per Ken Rosenthal, after the report by The Athletic was published, Major League Baseball made the following statement:
The Commissioner made clear in a September 15, 2017 memorandum to clubs how seriously he would take any future violation of the regulations regarding use of electronic equipment or the inappropriate use of the video replay room,” the MLB statement read. “Given these allegations, MLB will commence an investigation into this matter.
Per Rosenthal, the Boston Red Sox also made a statement of their own:
We were recently made aware of allegations suggesting the inappropriate use of our video replay room. We take these allegations seriously and will fully cooperate with MLB as they investigate the matter.
There is a very interesting interview you can listen to over at The Athletic's The Lead. Rosenthal and Drellich share their thoughts, and what they know so far, regarding the Red Sox cheating investigation.
So far, the Boston Red Sox are fully cooperating with the MLB investigation into these allegations. The team's Chief Baseball Officer, Chaim Bloom, shared his thoughts in an exclusive interview with Boston WCVB5's Duke Castiglione. In that interview, Bloom shared the following:
Major League Baseball is going to investigate. We are going to be fully cooperative with that investigation.
You're talking about a lot of highly competitive people who are looking to get whatever advantage they can. Our job is just to make sure that we are within the rules and that's a responsibility we take really seriously. But, you know, everybody is competing as much as they can and we certainly would want to compete as much as we can -- as long as it's within the rules.
It will be interesting to see how the investigation pans out, not just for the Red Sox, but also for the Astros. It certainly seems like this could be a widespread problem, and fans deserve to know that their favorite team, and every other team, plays by the rules.