Should the Boston Red Sox forfeit wins for stealing signs? | The Tylt
According to reports, the Boston Red Sox used an Apple Watch to steal signs while playing the New York Yankees. Major League Baseball needs to step in, and punish the Red Sox by taking away wins the team has against the Yankees. It’s the only way to prevent other teams from employing the same strategy. However, sign stealing has been a part of the game, and though it is frowned upon, taking away valuable wins for something every team does is wrong. What do you think? ⚾
Should the Boston Red Sox forfeit wins for stealing signs?
It doesn't matter how many teams do it—cheating is cheating. The only way to prevent the Red Sox and other teams from continuing this behavior is to create a deterrent. That deterrent should come in the form of forcing Boston to forfeit valuable wins.
Stealing signs should not be "part of the game." Baseball should be played with respect, and teams should let the play on the field determine who's better. Allowing this to go unpunished sends the wrong message. The Red Sox should have their eight wins against the Yankees taken away from them immediately.
If MLB wants to take away the Boston Red Sox's wins against the New York Yankees, they are going to have to take wins away from every team in the league. Stealing signs is a game within the game. Everyone does it. The Red Sox are getting harassed for it because they are the Red Sox. MLB should not force the team to forfeit wins when this is just gamesmanship.
Not only is stealing signs a part of the game, it's not even essential to winning. The Red Sox have more losses than wins when playing the Yankees this year. If stealing signs was such a huge advantage, you would think Boston would have more wins. Taking away wins is overkill. Fine the team, take away a draft pick or do something else, and move on.
Suggesting that the Red Sox should now forfeit every game to the Yankees might be the stupidest thing I've ever heard.— Tony Massarotti (@TonyMassarotti) September 6, 2017