2017 Yankees Letter From Rob Manfred Reveals Team Participation in Stealing Video Signals Ahead of MLB Campaign

For weeks, we’ve been hearing about this message from MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred to Yankees Written and delivered in 2017 regarding signal theft. The Yankees have He was fighting in the court system to prevent the letter from being opened to the public. But the appeals courts rejected the request.

Tuesday, SNY revealed the contents of the letter. You can read it in full herebut below is one of the highlights.

During our investigation into Red Sox misconduct, [Redacted] The Department of Investigation reported that the Yankees used a scheme similar to that of the Red Sox to decode opposing clubs’ signals and transmit them to the batsman when the runner was at second base. [Redacted] – who initially noted that the Red Sox was using a smartwatch to pass information to their players – admitted to the Investigation Department that during the 2015 season and the first half of the 2016 season, [Redacted]provided information about the club’s conflicting signals to players and members of the coaching staff in the replay room at Yankee Stadium, who then relayed the information to the Yankees’ bunker. [Redacted] He also admitted that during that time period, at some stadiums down the road where the video room was not close to the bunker, they used the phone line in the replay room to provide real-time verbal information about the club’s opposing signals to Yankee coaches on the bench.


The Yankees’ use of the cache phone to transmit information about the rival club’s marks during the 2015 season, and part of the 2016 season, constitutes a material violation of the Replay Review Regulations.

The Yankees were found to use the video replay room to detect opposing signaling systems, and pass them on to the second base runners, who then passed it on to the hitters. This was done in 2015 and 2016, before the league sent a letter to every team in 2017 in a major attempt to suppress the use of video in signal-stealing schemes. The Yankees were fined $100,000 for their scheme.

As a reminder, both Astros And red socks They were penalized for electronic signal theft schemes, but those transgressions occurred after Manfred’s 2017 letter to each team. The SNY report notes that the Astros stole scores during the playoffs in 2017 and that the Red Sox did so throughout the 2018 season.

In this particular letter to the Yankees, it is noted that the league acquitted them of any wrongdoing following Manfred’s 2017 warning and subsequent crackdown. It also specifically mentions a complaint from the Red Sox that the Yankees used YES (local television broadcast) cameras to steal signals and, once again, exonerate the Yankees of any wrongdoing.

“My office has thoroughly investigated the Red Sox’s allegations in this regard and has concluded that they are unfounded,” Manfred’s letter read.

While the Yankees certainly broke the rules in 2015 and 2016, it’s entirely possible that many teams did as well. Note the relatively small fine given to the football club. Nor does it make sense for Manfred to send a league-wide letter warning of a massive crackdown if a few teams are violating the rules. No, it appears that the biggest crimes came after the said message and were limited to the Astros and the Red Sox, at least as far as the information we have at this point.

The Yankees released the following statement Tuesday after unveiling the letter:

The contents and details of the message from Commissioner Manfred to Brian Cashman have been widely reported since 2017. As the message facts show once again, the Yankees were not punished for plagiarism but were penalized for improper use of the phone in the replay. The room (which was to be used only for discussions regarding the challenges of the replay review). At the time, banner stealing was used as a competitive tool by many teams throughout Major League Baseball and only became illegal after the commissioner set the rules on September 15, 2017.

The Yankees have also been acquitted by Major League Baseball over allegations that the team used YES network resources in efforts to gain an illegal advantage during matches. These allegations were found to have no basis.

The Yankees vigorously fought the production of this message, not only for the legal principle involved, but to prevent an incorrect equation of events that occurred before the commissioner’s signal-stealing rules were established with those that occurred after. What needs to be clarified dynamically is this: The fine mentioned in Major League Baseball’s letter has been imposed before New MLB regulations and standards have been released.

Since Major League Baseball clarified its regulations regarding the use of video room equipment on September 15, 2017, the Yankees have not committed any wrongdoing or violations.

MLB also released a statement (Read it in full here), which said in part, “The Yankees did not violate MLB rules at the time governing signal theft. At the time, the use of a replay room to decode signals was not expressly prohibited by MLB rules as long as information was not electronically communicated to the bunker. Due to the evolving rules regarding Using replay, many clubs have moved their video equipment closer to the field, giving individuals the potential ability to quickly transmit signals to the field.”