Is Dave Dombrowski Guilty Too?

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What Did Dave Dombrowski Know?

The Red Sox organization is waiting for the fallout and punishment from Major League Baseball surrounding the 2018 alleged electronic sign stealing scandal.  The Astros were whacked pretty hard from MLB on Monday.  The league suspended Astros Manager A.J. Hinch and General Manager Jeff Luhnow.  


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In addition the league penalized the Astros the following: 
  • The forfeitures of first and second round draft picks in 2020 and 2021.
  • A fine of $5 million, the maximum allowed under MLB’s Constitution.
  • The placement of former Astros assistant GM Brandon Taubman on baseball’s ineligible list.
Red Sox owner John Henry now waits to see what his club will be penalized.  If similar penalties, it will hurt the Red Sox for many years to come as the club rebuilds for the future.  Henry’s new CBO Chaim Bloom was already facing a challenge taking over for former baseball operations leader Dave Dombrowski.  The lack of draft picks and potential international pool money will pose a problem for the Red Sox.  If the club loses outfielder Mookie Betts next offseason, not having those draft picks will become problematic for a club with an already weak farm system. 

With Luhnow getting a year suspension, does Dombrowski run the risk of facing similar suspension, despite not having an MLB job right now? 

Shop for LSU Tigers Champs Gear According to Peter Gammons, he tweeted that “Dave Dombrowski didn’t know what was going on in the video room.”

What did Dombrowski know?  What did former assistant general manager Frank Wren know, or even Tony La Russa know when he was here? 

In 2017, MLB punished the Red Sox for using Apple watches in the dugout to steal signs against the New York Yankees.  This happened under Dombrowski’s watch and former manager John Farrell.  The Red Sox were fined an undisclosed amount of money that was donated to the Hurricane Irma relief fund in Florida. 

Major League Baseball released a statement following the penalty saying, "Several weeks ago, the New York Yankees filed a complaint with the Commissioner's Office alleging that the Boston Red Sox violated certain Major League Baseball Regulations by using electronic equipment to aid in the deciphering of signs being given by the Yankees' catcher.   The Commissioner's Office has conducted a thorough investigation of the allegation.”

Farrell said he was aware that players were trying to steal signs, but stated that he didn’t know the players were using electronics.  “I’m aware of the rule,” Farrell said.  “Electronic devices are not to be used in the dugout.  Beyond that, all I can say is it’s a league matter at this point.” 

Dombrowski said sign stealing dates back “40 years”.  Dombrowski didn’t have much to say regarding the allegations in 2017, but acknowledged that sign stealing has taken place “for a long time”.  Which is very valid, but MLB has made it very clear that the use of electronic devices of any kind is against the league rules. 

The Red Sox did not conduct an internal investigation on the sign stealing allegations.  The team did not take any action against any employee of the Red Sox for their actions in the investigation. 

"I know what happened, so no, I don't have to do any more investigation into what took place," Dombrowski said.  "There won't be any internal fines.  The topic's been discussed internally and addressed, and I'm sure it will not happen again” said Dombrowski. 

If Dombrowski knew that the Apple Watch scandal was going on, you sure as hell know he was aware of Cora and the video replay room.

The Red Sox would go on to win 93 games in 2017 and Farrell was let go following the season.  Dombrowski would hire Cora before the 2018 season and the Red Sox would go on to win 108 games and win the 2018 World Series.  Dombrowski was let go following the 2019 season after the team failed to make the playoffs, and ownership hired Chaim Bloom to become the Chief Baseball Officer. 

Major League Baseball needs to ask Dombrowski questions about what he knew in the 2018 alleged scandal.  Once proved he had knowledge, MLB needs to also come down on Dombrowski and hard.  This would have been two sign stealing scandals under his watch.  No pun intended.

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