Baseball - Red Sox fined for electronic sign-stealing

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- The baseball tradition of sign-stealing stretches back at least a century, but Major League Baseball made it clear that newfangled electronics can't be used to crack opposing teams' codes. MLB fined the Boston Red Sox an undisclosed amount for "sending electronic communications from their video replay room to an athletic trainer in the dugout" for the purpose of stealing and interpreting hand signals from the opposing catcher, commissioner Rob Manfred said. The New York Yankees had filed a complaint against the Red Sox last month to spark an investigation. Manfred said that all 30 clubs had been advised that future violations could result in harsher penalties, including the forfeiture of draft selections or even wins.