Did Former Red Sox OF Chris Young Bring the Sign Stealing Scandal to Boston?

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I have been waiting all day for The Athletic to release an article on the latest allegations surrounding the electronic sign stealing scandal that’s rocking baseball.  Since Evan Drellich and Ken Rosenthal have nothing to say on the Yankees and former big leaguer Chris Young.  I’ll get you caught up.

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Peter Gammons was on a San Diego radio station going over the Red Sox and Mookie Betts trade scenarios.  Gammons would go on to say, “The Sox don’t think they are going to get really hit (from the investigation), but you just don’t know.”

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Gammons would go on to add, Chris Young told me, “Kind of my idea, I started the whole Apple Watch thing.  I got it from when I was with the Yankees.”

As the world knows, the Red Sox and Astros are under fire for an electronic sign stealing scandal that has rippled across the baseball world.  The Astros fired their general manager and manager due to the scandal, and the Red Sox and Alex Cora parted ways shortly thereafter.

If this Gammons quote bares truth, then did the Yankees start this whole damn electronic sign stealing scandal to begin with?

For starters, I am not a homer when it comes to the New England teams.  I take pride that I can be objective and look through a different lens when it comes to our sports teams.  Now, let's continue.

Last summer, Alex Speier wrote an article for the Boston Globe in August of 2019.  In the article titled ‘Why Red Sox pitchers are looking inside their caps’, it noted how the Red Sox had a sign stealing cheat sheet in their hats.  No, not to steal signs, but to combat how opposing teams are so sophisticated in their attempts to figure out what pitchers are going to throw.

Red Sox reliever Heath Hembree would comment on the cheat sheet in his hat, “At first, I was like, ‘I’m not going to put in my hat; I’m going to memorize it.”  Then his catchers Sandy Leon and Christian Vazquez would constantly switch up the signs so Hembree had no choice to put the signs in his hat.

“I’m just trying to keep up with the sign system, having a bunch of different options, keep the pace of play quicker, and just kind of having it right there so we don’t get confused.”

Major League Baseball has a rule in place where pitchers aren’t allowed to bring material with them to the mound to reference the hitters they would go on to face.  The Red Sox would use their hats to keep their signs straight and try to not allow the opposing team to know what they’re going to throw.

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The Red Sox hats now leads me to former Sox outfield Chris Young.  Young, who spent time with the Yankees before signing with the Red Sox, told his teammates about the Yankees alleged ways to steal signs.

People within the game have made it public that the Yankees allegedly used the video room to steal signs, and potentially Apple Watches.  Hembree would go on to tell Speier, “once C.Y. got here from the Yankees, he spilled the beans.”

Hmm, so, Young leaves the Yankees and signs with the Red Sox, then starts telling the club about how they stole signs.

Guess who else was on that Yankees team?  Former Astros catcher Brian McCann.  Interesting.  McCann was part of the 2017 World Series Astros team that defeated the Dodgers.  The same Astros team that is under scrutiny for alleged sign stealing.

It’s not farfetched to think that Apple Watches weren’t used in New York, since the first generation of the watch came out in April of 2015.  I’m not saying they used the watch, but I am merely just throwing it out there.  The technology was available.

I recognize that the Red Sox were accused of doing the same thing in 2017.  Young was not with the Red Sox then, nor was Cora.  The Red Sox sign stealing allegations came under John Farrell and Dave Dombrowski.

The Red Sox were fined for using Apple watches to relay signs to the dugout from the video room back in 2017.  Then, The Athletic rebased the story that the Red Sox used the video replay room to steal signs during the 2018 championship season.

But where is the league now?  If the league did not have this information regarding the Yankees then that’s a damn shame.  It also shows how disconnected they are from their product and truly want to make this whole thing go away.

Gear up for the 2020 MLB Season with new gear from NikeMy frustration has been that the Red Sox and Astros have been nailed during these allegations while the Yankees have gotten off scot-free.  I respect the work produced by The Athletic.  I subscribe to them and I enjoy the content across the platform.  It’s puzzling to me as to why former Red Sox beat writer Drellich has not written about the Yankees and their part in this whole sign stealing scandal.

I mean, I understand why he wouldn't.  The news story he broke with Rosenthal on The Athletic regarding the sign stealing scandal was incredibly newsworthy.  But it should be known Drellich used to work for the Boston Herald, MassLive.com and the Houston Chronicle, all outlets who covered both teams accused.

Coincidence?

While city councils are calling for World Series titles to be stripped and awarded to their team, we have the Yankees being publicly accused of stealing signs and one of their former players brought the way they did that to another organization.

Let's also not forget that the Yankees hired Carlos Beltran in 2018 as a "special advisor".  Then there is Cora's old quote from last season when the Red Sox and Yankees played in London.  Cora was talking about Beltran,  “It wasn’t a good weekend on the field.  That’s a good offensive team.  We know that.  They’re a lot better than last year.  Their attention to detail is phenomenal.  I was joking with somebody that their biggest free-agent acquisition is Carlos Beltran (wink).  I know how it works.  He’s helping a lot.  They’re paying attention to details, and we have to clean our details.  It was eye-opening, the last few days — from top to bottom.  And I’m not saying devices — all that stuff.  It’s just stuff that the game will dictate and will scream at people.  And he’s right there.  Throughout the evening, I was looking and I saw it.  And right now, they’re a lot better than us.”

It’s time for Rob Manfred to get his team and look into the Yankees, look into Joe Girardi, look into the players, and have this same public forum the Astros and Red Sox had to go through.

The league wants this to go away, but Red Sox Nation is too proud to see their team get dragged through the mud while the team's most bitter rival was doing the same thing.  It's time baseball, it's time to look at the Yankees.

It’ll be interesting to see where this will go, but it’s worth the conversation.  In the end, every team has done it and will continue to do it beyond 2020.  It’ll be interesting to see how teams will go about hiding how they’ll steal signs to stay out of the limelight.

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