The cheating scandal that rocked Major League Baseball (and the Dodgers) this offseason continues to expand. Originally, it was the Astros being investigated for using cameras and monitors to steal signs from teams. And now the Rex Sox are now coming under fire for tactics used to steal signs as well.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 7, 2020
Per reports to The Athletic, the Red Sox have been employing sign-stealing strategies the past couple of season that are questionable to say the least. The system involved relaying stolen signs on a monitor to baserunners, different from the Astros method. Houston essentially relayed the pitch type directly to the hitters.
Major League Baseball issued the following statement in the wake of the news:
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. Given these allegations, MLB will commence an investigation into this matter.
The system the Red Sox reportedly used would send signs along to a baserunner who would then relay them to a hitter.