After many months speculate regarding the contents of a “notorious” sealed letter that allegedly contained evidence of a previously unknown fraud scandal involving the New York Yankees, the contents of which allegedly revealed in one report by Andy Martino, an MLB Insider for SportsNet New York, in which he said SNY “received” the letter Tuesday morning. 29 fans have waited years, even decades, to hold something in the minds of Yankee fans other than themselves. are bad people. Meanwhile, the Houston Astros fan base that has been eagerly waiting to draw the unreversed card on the franchise has called for an asterisk to be placed next to the 2017 World Series championship banner in Minute. Maid Park. This is supposed to be an undo for the Yankees! Does the report provide that wave of satisfaction for baseball fans? Not really.
According to the report, the letter “does not refer to the Yankees in a signboard theft scheme similar to the one in which the Houston Astros were punished.” It does, however, demonstrate that the Yankees used a system involving a monophonic phone to relay the cues to the second runner, who then relayed the cues to the hitter. We already knew that though. They didn’t use network cameras YES, like Red Sox hintbut they did “Punishment” by MLB for this fraud scandal, even if that “penalty” was only a small fine of $100,000 (previously unreported). Additionally, the letter does not indicate that the Yankees used the telephone to relay signs after September 15, 2017, the date MLB commissioner Rob Manfred wrote to all 30 MLB clubs claiming that any Any use of high-speed cameras to relay signs will be accommodated. with the hammer of justice.
Martino stated in his report that the letter remains “unsealed”. I don’t know how he and SNY were able to “get” it without opening it. I don’t understand how it works, maybe he meant it ‘still unsealed up to that point,‘ but we cannot know for sure. Hopefully, when the letter is officially sealed later this week, we’ll have more clarity on the situation. Until then, though, we can just turn off Martino’s report. How convenient.
So what does this mean? At first, the Yankees cheated, but not to the extent that the Astros did, it appeared. The system the Yankees are implementing can only be implemented with one runner already on the second base, while the Astros can relay signs to runners at any point in the game. fight. This type of sign stealing is believed to have been used in some form by some MLB clubs before Manfred’s statement on September 15, 2017. How many teams are there? We have no opinion. According to MLB Insider Jeff Passan, “other teams could very well do similar things like New York and Boston. That factor lasted the whole game. ”
The report from Martino also states that “the Yankees and Red Sox are among the many clubs that have begun to use their video replay rooms for that purpose”, although the “other teams” were not named, as So the validity of this claim, although widely believed to be true, has never been confirmed. We can say with certainty that both the Astros and the Red Sox were caught using high-speed cameras to relay signs to fans following Manfred’s statement (Red Sox in 2018 season when they won the championship). World Series and Astros during the 2017 post-season when they also won the World Series). Both teams are punished for their misdeeds.
In the tweet I posted above, Passan refers to the Yankee Letter as a “nothing burger”. Based on the report, that doesn’t appear to be the case. Any cheating, no matter how many other players or teams are doing it, is a violation of the integrity of the game and, as long as Manfred does not actively encourage teams to replay this way or aim turn a blind eye (as Bud Selig allegedly did in the steroid age), should be punished. That being said, the Yankees were penalized for this. This letter provides little new information other than that the Yankees did not use YES cameras to steal their signs and cannot prove that they participated in the stealing of the signs after Manfred warned them all. 30 teams on 9/15/17. So that’s the reason for them to conduct their own camera signature theft operation.
That begs the question: “If the Yankees were punished by the MLB for cheating in 2015 and 2016, why did the Yankees and MLB go to great lengths to prevent this letter from being leaked to the public?” It makes it seem like something is still going on. I will not spare MLB to forge a story like this before unsealing it in order to sabotage what is revealed when the official letter is unstamped with its contents exposed to the world. After all, they have never shown that they care about the integrity of the sport before.
Basically, if the report turns out to be true, the Astros are still awful. The Red Sox is still terrible. The Yankees are still terrible, but not as terrible as many hope. Of course, as I said earlier, the report also notes that the letter itself is still unsealed, so perhaps the content of the letter was misinterpreted by Martino, but we can’t be sure… at least not yet.