MLB letter to New York Yankees on tick theft allegations made public despite appeal

NEW YORK — A letter describing a 2017 New York Yankees investigation has become public record, two years after a federal judge ruled it should be unsealed.

The plaintiffs in a lawsuit over the daily fantasy ramifications of electronic sign stealing in baseball allege that a 2017 press release from Commissioner Rob Manfred hid the full findings of what MLB discovered the Yankees had done. The impending release of the letter will reveal any discrepancies between what Manfred said publicly about his findings and what was disclosed privately.

Manfred wrote the letter to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, and it’s claimed it contains evidence of the team stealing plates from 2017, when New York City was busted for improperly using an dugout phone and the Boston Red. Sox Apple were found to use. Watches to pick up signals from opponents.

A source told ESPN it will be at least two weeks before the letter is made public.

Randy Levine, president of the Yankees team, opposed the publication of the letter in December 2020, saying it would raise “serious” privacy issues and that letters from the Houston Astros and the Red Sox, listed as confidential in the lawsuit submitted were not made public. Levine also said the letter would damage the Yankees’ reputation.

“The Yankees claim that the damage from unsealing the Yankees Letter will increase because its contents would be scrambled to falsely and inaccurately generate the confusing scenario that the Yankees would somehow break the MLB rules for stealing letters. had violated signs when, in fact, the Yankees did not,” the court writes. “However, that argument weighs little. The disclosure of the document will enable the public to independently assess MLB’s conclusion regarding the internal investigation (as expressed to the Yankees) and the Yankees are fully in a position to disseminate their own views on the factual content of the document. Yankees letter.”

Major League Baseball and the Yankees did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The court also upheld the dismissal of the $5 million lawsuit over the illegal sign theft scandal that rocked baseball from 2019 to 2020, filed by DraftKings player Kristopher Olson and 100 other plaintiffs against MLB, the Astros and the Red Sox.

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