UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — A new twist has emerged in one of baseball’s oldest and fiercest rivalries: the smartwatch.
As first reported by The New York Times, the Yankees have accused the Red Sox of using an Apple Watch to relay information on the hand signals Yankees pitchers and catchers used to communicate.
In kind, the Red Sox have leveled similar high-tech sign-stealing accusations against the Yankees.
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred addressed the flap Sept. 5 during an unrelated stop in Boston.
While there’s no rule against sign stealing, which most will readily admit has been a part of baseball for generations, Manfred said the use of electronic equipment may constitute a violation.
He says the league will conduct a quick yet thorough investigation of the allegations from both sides.