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Sunday, February 16, 2020

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Report: MLB investigating ‘far less egregious’ cheating allegations with Red Sox

Alex Cora

The Boston Red Sox are still awaiting the conclusion of Major League Baseball’s investigation into allegations that they illegally stole signs during their World Series season in 2018, but there is a growing sense that they don’t have a whole lot to worry about.

MLB is expected to release its findings by the end of February, and Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that the league has been looking into “far less egregious” claims than the ones that resulted in major sanctions for the Houston Astros.

The Red Sox have been accused of illegally using their video replay room to help them steal signs. According to the report last month from The Athletic, Red Sox players visited the replay room — which is located just steps from the dugout at Fenway Park — during games in the regular season to study the sign sequence opposing teams were using. Any information that was attained was relayed to someone in the dugout, then to a baserunner on first or second base, and finally to the hitter. The system was supposedly not used during the postseason, as MLB began monitoring replay rooms with on-site personnel at that point.

Replay rooms were established at ballparks when baseball introduced replay review in 2014. It’s possible — if not likely — that using the rooms to help decode opponents’ signals was common across the league, which might explain why MLB began monitoring the rooms with on-site personnel in the 2018 playoffs. Even using a video room to help steal signs would not be quite as elaborate as what the Astros were doing, and it may have been more widespread.

Whatever the case, Red Sox players seem very confident that MLB’s investigation is going to turn up nothing like what we saw with Houston. Everything we have heard to this point makes it seem like they will be right.

Andrew Benintendi on Red Sox investigation: ‘We know we didn’t do anything’

Andrew Benintendi catch

Major League Baseball is likely nearing the end of its investigation into allegations that the Boston Red Sox illegally stole signs during their World Series season in 2018, and you can count Andrew Benintendi among the players who are confident the findings will be nothing like what we saw with the Houston Astros.

Benintendi was asked about MLB’s ongoing investigation on Thursday, and he said he doesn’t expect any surprises when it is complete. The outfielder said Red Sox players “know we didn’t do anything.”

It would stand to reason that the Red Sox would have a decent idea by now if MLB uncovered anything they should be worried about. The easiest way for players to make themselves look bad is to be caught in a blatant lie, and slugger JD Martinez also said recently that he is confident the investigation will exonerate the Red Sox. General manager Chaim Bloom, who was not with the team in 2018, told WEEI’s “Greg Hill Morning Show” on Thursday that has no reason to believe MLB will uncover any evidence of cheating.

“What I will say is I don’t have any reason to think anything went on,” Bloom said. “Again, I’m careful what I say because I do want to respect the investigation. We have to respect it.”

A recent report claimed whatever the Red Sox were doing was not as bad as the elaborate sign-stealing that went on in Houston. Boston has been accused of illegally using the video replay room to help steal signs, but you would have to think the confidence radiating from Red Sox players means something — especially when you consider how bad the Astros have made themselves look.

Former Astros manager AJ Hinch made some extremely arrogant remarks when the New York Yankees accused his team of cheating during the playoffs last year, but that was before he knew Houston would be investigated. Benintendi and others know MLB is digging to find whatever it can, yet they still seem confident nothing will come of the investigation.

Red Sox GM says bringing back Alex Cora is ‘not a consideration’

Alex Cora

The Boston Red Sox have named former bench coach Ron Roenicke their interim manager, leaving many to speculate if they are leaving the door open to bring back Alex Cora next season. As of now, it does not sound like that is the team’s plan.

In an interview with WEEI’s “Greg Hill Morning Show” on Thursday, Red Sox general manager Chaim Bloom was asked if there’s a chance of bringing Cora back depending upon what Major League Baseball’s investigation into the Red Sox’s alleged cheating in 2018 uncovers. Bloom made it pretty clear that Cora’s time with the franchise has come to an end.

“I’ve heard that a little bit over the last couple of days, but that hasn’t even been a thought,” Bloom said. “That’s been out there, but that’s not a consideration. The decision that we made with Alex was a result of the 2017 report (on the Houston Astros), and everything there is still there. I don’t see how anything that’s going on with our organization would change that.”

The part about what Cora did in Houston is the key takeaway. Even if you think Bloom is trying to show he has full confidence in Roenicke and simply does not want to put his new manager in an awkward spot, the fact that he brought up the Astros investigation says a lot. That means Boston no longer wants to be associated with Cora even if MLB determines there was no illegal sign-stealing with the Red Sox during their World Series season two years ago.

All indications have been that Roenicke is likely to shed the interim title after MLB completes its Red Sox investigation, as the team wants to be certain he is not implicated in any way. Even if Cora comes out of that investigation clean, he was basically painted as one of the masterminds behind what went on in Houston. Bringing him back would be highly controversial for the Red Sox.

Dodgers, Red Sox talked Mookie Betts trade during 2019 season

Mookie Betts

This offseason, the Boston Red Sox heated up their efforts to trade Mookie Betts. The efforts culminated with Betts last week finally being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

It turns out the two sides were talking about a Betts trade going back to last season.

Dodgers President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman shared at a press conference introducing the new Dodgers players Wednesday that he and former Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski talked about a Betts trade during the 2019 season.

That’s notable because it shows the Red Sox had been thinking about trading Betts for some time.

Why would the Red Sox have seriously considered trading Betts? They probably got the very clear sense that Betts was determined to get top dollar in free agency and probably leave. Dombrowski was later fired by Boston, who hired Chaim Bloom to run the team. One of his first acts was to trade Betts, which he said he knew would be an unpopular move.

Ron Roenicke likely to shed interim tag following MLB investigation

The Boston Red Sox have officially named Ron Roenicke their interim manager, but it may not be long before he is given the full-time position.

Roenicke served a as a bench coach for the Red Sox under Alex Cora the past two seasons, and the team announced on Tuesday that he has been named interim manager.

So why the interim tag? There has been some speculation that the Red Sox could bring back Alex Cora next season, but that seems unlikely to happen. With Major League Baseball still investigating allegations that the Red Sox cheated during their World Series season in 2018, the consensus is that the team wants to wait for the investigation to be completed to be sure Roenicke is not implicated at all.

MLB’s investigation is not expected to be completed before the start of spring training, so Boston couldn’t wait any longer to name a new manager.

The Red Sox have been accused of illegally using the video replay room to help steal signs. If that is true, they must be confident Roenicke had nothing to do with it. They already parted ways with Cora last month after he was heavily implicated in the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal, and the last thing they need is another coach who had a hand in a cheating scheme.

Red Sox cheating investigation will stretch into spring training

Alex Cora

The Boston Red Sox are waiting to see if Major League Baseball will punish them after investigating allegations that they cheated during their World Series season in 2018, but they are not going to learn their fate before the start of spring training.

MLB’s investigation into the Red Sox will not be concluded prior to Wednesday, Jimmy Golen of The Associated Press reports. Pitchers and catchers reported to the team’s spring training facility in Fort Meyers on Tuesday, and the Red Sox are scheduled to have their first official workout on Wednesday. Their first spring training game is on Feb. 22 against Northeastern University.

The Red Sox have yet to officially name a new manager, and that is almost certainly because they have been holding out as long as possible to see what the sign-stealing investigation uncovers. That could also explain why they are expected to promote bench coach Ron Roenicke to interim manager rather than giving him the full-time position.

Alex Cora was relieved of his duties by the Red Sox last month after MLB heavily implicated him in the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scheme from 2017. The assumption has been that he will face at least a one-year suspension like the ones the league handed down to former Astros manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow. MLB has chosen to wait until the conclusion of the Red Sox investigation to make a decision about Cora.

The Red Sox have been accused of illegally using the video replay room to help steal signs, and apparently they were not the only team that did that. The biggest question will likely be whether or not they continued to do it after MLB made it clear to teams that it was not allowed. A report from earlier in the week claimed whatever the Red Sox were doing was not as bad as what MLB found with its Astros probe.

Ron Roenicke will reportedly be named interim manager of Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox have decided on their next manager, as they announced on Tuesday that former bench coach Ron Roenicke has been promoted to interim manager.

Alex Speier of the Boston Globe first reported the news earlier in the day. Speier and other reporters believe Roenicke has been named interim manager because the Red Sox are waiting for Major League Baseball to conclude its investigation into allegations that they cheated during their World Series season in 2018. Assuming Roenicke is not implicated, he will likely shed the interim tag.

Roenicke was the manager of the Milwaukee Brewers from 2011-2015. He compiled a record of 342-331 and led the team to the NLCS in 2015. He served on Mike Scioscia’s staff with the Los Angeles Angels from 2000-2010 prior to that.

The Red Sox are still under investigation by Major League Baseball over allegations that they used their video replay room to illegally steal signs. Alex Cora was heavily implicated by MLB in the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal from 2017, and the expectation is that he will face a suspension similar to the one-year bans that were handed down to former Astros manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow.

A report from earlier in the week said the cheating that allegedly went on in Boston was far less serious than the Astros’ elaborate scheme.