After months of hypothesis regarding the contents of the “scandalous” sealed letter that supposedly contained proof of a beforehand unknown dishonest scandal involving the New York Yankees, the contents have been allegedly revealed in a report by Andy Martino, an MLB Insider for SportsNet New York, during which he says SNY “obtained’ the letter Tuesday morning. Twenty-nine fanbases had been ready years, a long time even, to carry one thing over Yankee followers’ heads aside from them simply being horrible folks. In the meantime the Houston Astros’ fanbase waited eagerly to drag the uno reverse card on the franchise that had been clamoring for an asterisk to be positioned subsequent to the 2017 World Sequence championship banner in Minute Maid Park. This was alleged to be an undoing for the Yankees! Did the report present that wave of satisfaction for baseball followers? Probably not.
In keeping with the report, the letter “doesn’t implicate the Yankees in a sign-stealing scheme much like the one for which the Houston Astros have been punished.” It does, nevertheless, show that the Yankees have been utilizing a system involving dugout telephones to relay indicators to runners on second, who would then relay the indicators to the hitter. We already knew that although. They weren’t utilizing YES community cameras, just like the Crimson Sox insinuated, however they’d already been “punished” by MLB for this dishonest scandal, even when that “punishment” was only a measly $100,000 high quality (which had been beforehand unreported). Additionally, the letter doesn’t point out that the Yankees have been utilizing telephones to relay indicators after September 15, 2017, the date that MLB commissioner Rob Manfred wrote to all 30 MLB golf equipment stating that any use of high-speed cameras to relay indicators can be met with the hammer of justice.
Martino claims in his report that the letter has nonetheless “not but been unsealed.” How he and SNY have been capable of “acquire” it with out unsealing it, I do not know. I don’t get how that works, perhaps he meant it ‘had but to be unsealed to that time,’ however we are able to’t know for positive. Hopefully, when the letter is formally unsealed later this week, we’ll have extra readability on the scenario. Till then although, we are able to solely go off Martino’s report. How handy.
So, what does this imply? First off, the Yankees cheated, however to not the extent that the Astros did, it seems. The system the Yankees have been implementing might solely be completed with a runner already standing on second base, whereas the Astros have been capable of relay indicators to hitters at any level throughout an at-bat. Any such sign-stealing was supposedly utilized in some form or kind by a number of MLB golf equipment previous to Manfred’s assertion on September 15, 2017. What number of groups? We do not know. In keeping with MLB Insider Jeff Passan, “different groups have been very probably doing comparable issues to New York and Boston. That ingredient spanned the game.”
The report from Martino additionally claims that “the Yankees and Crimson Sox have been among the many many golf equipment who started to make use of their video replay room for that objective,” though the “different groups” will not be named, so the validity of this assertion, though extensively believed to be true, has by no means been confirmed. We are able to say for positive that each the Astros and Crimson Sox have been caught utilizing high-speed cameras to relay indicators to hitters after Manfred’s assertion (the Crimson Sox throughout the 2018 season after they received the World Sequence and the Astros throughout the 2017 postseason after they, too, received the World Sequence). Each groups have been punished for his or her misdeeds.
Within the tweet I posted above, Passan refers back to the Yankee Letter as a “nothing-burger.” Based mostly on the report, that doesn’t appear to be the case. Any dishonest, regardless of what number of different gamers or groups have been doing it, is a violation of the integrity of the game, and, so long as Manfred was not actively encouraging groups to make use of replay on this manner or turning a blind eye from it (as Bud Selig allegedly did throughout the steroids period), ought to be punished. That being stated, the Yankees have been already fined for this. This letter gives just about no new data aside from the truth that the Yankees weren’t utilizing YES cameras for his or her sign-stealing and that it can’t be proved that they participated in sign-stealing after Manfred warned all 30 groups on 9/15/17. So it stands to motive that they had their very own digicam sign-stealing operation going.
That begs the query: “If the Yankees had already been punished by MLB for dishonest in 2015 and 2016, why have been the Yankees and MLB attempting so hard to cease this letter from leaking to the general public?” It makes it appear as if there’s something extra at play we aren’t being informed. I wouldn’t put it previous MLB to forge a story like this previous to the unsealing with the intention to undermine what will get revealed when the letter formally will get unsealed with its contents uncovered to the world. In any case, they’ve by no means proven that they care concerning the integrity of the game earlier than.
Mainly, if the report seems to be true, the Astros are nonetheless horrible. The Crimson Sox are nonetheless horrible. The Yankees are nonetheless horrible, however not as horrible as many individuals hoped. In fact, as I stated earlier, the report additionally notes that the letter itself has not been unsealed, so maybe the contents of the letter have been misconstrued by Martino, however we are able to’t ensure…not but at the very least.