Manfred acknowledged this could've been resolved differently.
"We would prefer not to have these sorts of issues at all, No. 1," he said. "No. 2, to the extent that we have them, we'd prefer to investigate them, deal with them privately, and be done with them. It didn't happen that way. I'm a realist when it comes to these matters, and we're going to deal with what we have."
Manfred made it clear that while stealing signs is acceptable, doing so with technology is not.
"I take any issue that affects the play of the game on the field extremely seriously," Manfred said. "I do believe that this is a charged situation from a competitive perspective. When you have the kind of rivalry the Red Sox and Yankees have, I guess it's not shocking you could have charges and counter-charges like this. We will conduct a thorough investigation of the charges on both sides. I want to do it quickly, I think it's important we get it resolved. The only thing I can tell you about repercussions is that to there was a violation on either side, and I'm not saying there was, but to the extent there was a violation on either side we are 100 percent comfortable that it's not an ongoing issue that if it happened, it is no longer. I think that's important from an integrity perspective going forward."
While generally declining to discuss the league's investigation beyond lauding the Red Sox for their cooperation, Manfred explained that sign stealing itself isn't illegal.
"We actually do not have a rule against sign stealing," he said. "It has been a part of the game for a very, very long time. To the extent that there was a violation of the rule here, it was a violation by one or the other that involved the use of electronic equipment. It's the electronic equipment that creates the violation. I think the rule against electronic equipment has a number of policy reasons behind it, but one of them is we don't want to escalate attempts to figure out what a pitcher is going to throw by introducing electronics into that mix."
So what repercussions might the Red Sox face? Manfred implied that they won't be vacating any wins -- "Has it ever happened with this type of allegation? I think the answer is, I know the answer is no" -- but any potential punishments should be viewed as deterrents for the rest of the league.
"When I think about punishment, I think you need to think about deterrents," Manfred said. "I think you need to think about how the violation has affected the play on the field, and I think you need to think about how it's affected the perception of the game publicly. All of those things are something that you have to weigh in terms of trying to get to appropriate discipline."
Manfred sounded in agreement with Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, who wishes the two sides had handled it privately.
"I am told, and I've never been a general manager, but I'm told sign stealing issues are often resolved by one general manager calling another general manager and saying, 'Hey, I think you're doing X and if you're doing it, you oughta stop doing it,' and that has happened in the past," Manfred said.
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