The Boston Red Sox have been accused of using an Apple Watch to steal signals from opponents, according to a report from The New York Times.
Major League Baseball’s long and storied history involves a lot of bending of the rules. A large majority of this line-crossing has involved signals used by each team to communicate within a game. This gamesmanship just took a turn toward a new level of deception in which the Red Sox used an Apple Watch to relay signals to its players that may have helped in guessing an opposing pitcher’s throws.
MLB investigators were first tipped off by the New York Yankees’ general manager Brian Cashman, who provided video showing a member of the Red Sox training staff looking at his Apple Watch before discussing the matter with players.
Upon being confronted, the Red Sox admitted to the transgression. However, Boston isn’t standing pat, filing a complaint against the Yankees claiming it used cameras from its YES network to steal its signals.
It’s not clear if or how the Red Sox will be disciplined or to what extent they used the Apple Watch to cheat. There’s only so many ways to do so. Possibly by sending images or text from other staff members that used replays to steal the signals.
Regardless, it’s a pretty crazy tale that’s right out of a movie. But like the old adage goes, “If you ain’t cheating, you ain’t trying.”