The long awaited punishment from the investigation into the Red Sox came out and it was a complete dud. Yes, the Red Sox lost a 2nd round pick, but the build up to the announcement seemed to indicate a much harsher sentence would be handed down. Instead, this is the breakdown of what Boston will lose:
BREAKING: #RedSox penalties: *Loss of 2020 2nd-round pick. *Ban of replay operator J.T. Watkins through 2020 playoffs and from doing same job in '21. *Ban of Alex Cora through '20 playoffs, but only for conduct with #Astros. Story with @EvanDrellich: https://t.co/6Ysn9hsRFa
Thats it?? That's all the MLB handed out??? I, as a Red Sox fan, was surprised when reading through it all. The main reason being that the MLB announced weeks ago that they had concluded the investigation into the Boston situation, but were going to take their time deliberating it all. Many thought that meant the punishment may be closer to the Astros than originally thought. Red Sox players were still sticking to their story and defending themselves saying, "we did nothing, they won't find anything". They were right.
It seems the MLB took its time releasing their findings and punishment because they were embarrassed. The Astros situation put a black eye on baseball. People were angry and thought the punishment was weak. Then reports about the Red Sox cheating came out and an investigation was launched. It seemed like it would be the perfect opportunity for the MLB to hand out a punishment that was fitting of the crime, but the crime ended up being a replay room guy. No players, no coaches, nobody else except JT Watkins had anything to do with what was going on. His actions were suspension worthy. Alex Cora didn't even get any extra blowback from this investigation. The MLB had to make it clear that he was suspended for the 2020 season because of what happened in Houston.
So we're clear - Alex Cora will not serve a single second of his suspension for anything that happened with the Red Sox. Also, no Red Sox players would've been suspended even if they didn't have immunity. Cora: cleared. Red Sox players: cleared. Championship: legit. Haters: mad. https://t.co/GPAKyHU3hm
Plain and simple, the MLB didn't get the results they were looking for and therefore didn't want to come out with the report and punishment. They knew fans were going to rip into them again because it seemed like a weak outcome. It was a weak outcome. The Red Sox players didn't play by the rules 100%, but nothing compared to what the Astros did. Should they have still partaken and listened to what JT Watkins had to say? No, probably not, but as the report said, "19.7% of the Red Sox at bats were effected" It's not a low number, but in the grand scheme it's not a huge number. Still not right, but overall I get the punishment after seeing the findings.
Hopefully this is the end of cheating investigations for the MLB at least for some time. The game can't afford to have anymore investigations start up. Especially during a period where no games or news is being made in the sports world outside of Tom Brady.