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Tom Werner on OMF says relationship between Red Sox and Yankees is 'frosty'

Alex Reimer
September 21, 2017 - 2:09 pm

The Red Sox aren’t over the Yankees reporting them to Major League Baseball for using an Apple Watch to steal signs in the dugout.

In an interview Thursday with OMF, Red Sox chairman Tom Werner said relations between the two rivals are “frosty.” He remains perplexed as to why the Yankees voiced their accusations publicly, instead of raising the issue internally. 

“The fact is, I do think this was a minor technical violation. I start with the fact that this was unfortunately raised to a level it never should have been raised to,” Werner said.

Red Sox president Sam Kennedy also said on OMF last week he was “disappointed” the topic wasn’t discussed club-to-club or general manager-to-general manager. Commissioner Rob Manfred fined the Red Sox an undisclosed amount for their sign-stealing operation. MLB dismissed the Red Sox’ counter-allegation that the Yankees improperly used video from YES Network to steal signs, but it did fine New York for improperly using its dugout phone.

The Yankees have received some light discipline from the league office this season. In August, catcher Gary Sanchez was only suspended three games for sucker punching Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera during a wild bench-clearing brawl. Reliever Delin Betances, who hit a Tigers batter after being warned, didn’t face any punishment.

Former Yankees manager Joe Torre, MLB’s Chief Baseball Officer, is in charge of handing out discipline for on-field matters. Werner insinuated he thinks Torre has been favorable to his old club.

“Do you think Gary Sanchez got an appropriate punishment?,” he asked.

While the Red Sox and Yankees are unlikely to meet up against this season, barring an unforeseen encounter in the American League Championship Series, it’s clear the rivalry is back.

OMF - Tom Werner talks with OMF about Adam Jones, Yawkey Way, the NESN broadcasts and relationship with the Yankees, 9-21-17

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