The New York Yankees were unsuccessful in their attempts to block the release of the infamous letter detailing the results of a 2017 investigation into mutual sign-stealing allegations between the Bronx Bombers and the Boston Red Sox.
Now, we have reports on what the letter actually says. The full letter is set to be released this week, but SNY's Andy Martino and ESPN's Jeff Passan got their hands on it before it could be unveiled.
According to Martino, the letter confirms the Yankees, as previously reported, used their replay room in 2015 and 2016 to decode catchers' signals and relay them to runners on second base. The team was fined $100,000 for the practice and was not accused of sign-stealing after September 15, 2017, when MLB commissioner Rob Manfred announced that any electronic sign-stealing would be subject to harsher punishment.
The Red Sox and Astros were accused and found guilty of pilfering signs electronically after that date, with Houston having stolen and decoded signs without runners on base.
Passan sums the whole situation up as the Yankees being guilty of what other teams were illegally doing at the time but their transgressions were not nearly as severe as the infamous Astros "trash can" scandal.
Overall, the Yankees are far from squeaky clean, but if that's all the letter has to say, it's not nearly as embarrassing for the organization as it had been made out to be.
Still, it is long past time for the Yankees and general manager Brian Cashman to stop complaining about the Astros' cheating costing them a potential title in 2017 and focus on why the team hasn't won a World Series since and what they can do to win one in the future.