CultureMonday 04.25.22

Appeals court denies Yankees motion to stop the release of a 2017 letter from MLB Commissioner Manfred on sign stealing.

The U.S. Second Circuit Court has rejected the New York Yankees' request to prevent the release of a letter that Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred sent to Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman. The letter supposedly addresses alleged sign-stealing perpetrated by the Yankees in 2017.

The letter came to light as the result of a lawsuit initiated by users of the daily fantasy sports and sports betting site DraftKings, who alleged that the Houston Astros and the Boston Red Sox implemented sign-stealing schemes that affected the outcomes of games. That lawsuit has since been dismissed.

There has been greater scrutiny about sign-stealing misconduct since the Astros centerfield camera sign-stealing scandal and the Boston Red Sox's usage of video cameras and an Apple Watch to transmit sign information to each other.

The Bronx Bombers previously got busted for the improper use of a dugout phone during a game against the Red Sox. That violation resulted in a fine.

The court did not provide a reason for turning down the Yankees’ appeal to suppress the letter.

Recount Wire