The big Yankees news from yesterday swirled less around the potential on-field results of the 2022 campaign and instead, dialed it back five years. In September 2017, MLB fined the Red Sox for using an Apple Watch to help steal signs, and at the same time, quietly fined the Yankees. Although MLB dismissed Boston’s allegation that the Yankees had used YES Network footage to steal signs, the league did find that they had previously used a dugout phone improperly, so they were fined as well.
In a separate lawsuit involving DraftKings, a federal judge ordered in 2019 for the letter sent by MLB to the Yankees about the sign stealing to be unsealed. Now a few years later, said unsealing will reportedly happen in at couple weeks. The Yankees had fought this, but it will happen regardless. So prepare yourselves, I suppose.
Today on the site, Kunj will vent about Hal Steinbrenner’s lack of urgency toward the Yankees’ offseason, and John will preview Jameson Taillon’s second season in pinstripes, rehabbing from offseason ankle surgery. Later on, Erin will remember an unforgettable July 2004 matchup against the Red Sox that featured an all-time Derek Jeter highlight, and Dan will review the top catching prospects in the Yankees’ system.
New York Yankees at Toronto Blue Jays
Time: 1:07 p.m. EST
TV: Sportsnet (Toronto)
Venue: TD Ballpark — Dunedin, FL
1. Is there anything from the Yankees’ soon-to-be-unsealed 2017 sign-stealing letter that could change the way you feel about that team?
2. If given the choice between only these beers, which would you pick: Bud Light, Coors Light, or Miller Light?