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Rosenthal and Drellich: MLB’s Red Sox report is finished, but plenty of questions remain – The Athletic

Major League Baseball interviewed 65 witnesses and reviewed tens of thousands of electronic communications. Its 15-page report on the Red Sox was six pages longer than its report on the Astros, a team it disciplined more harshly.

And still, questions remain.

The Athletic’s initial story on the Red Sox’s illegal sign stealing explained that the team’s actions were less egregious than those of the Astros. Commissioner Rob Manfred confirmed as much in the report he issued Wednesday, and also noted the superior conduct of the Red Sox’s front office, saying it “made commendable efforts toward instilling a culture of compliance in the organization.”

Diligent as those efforts might have been, they proved insufficient, resulting in the second round of punishment for the Red Sox in three years — following the September 2017 “Apple Watch incident” — for using electronics to steal signs illegally.


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