The Los Angeles Dodgers often dominate headlines throughout the offseason with their big-name participant acquisitions.
This winter the crew was comparatively quiet, exterior of 1 notable addition to the teaching employees. Los Angeles employed J.T. Watkins, who was employed by the Boston Red Sox throughout the franchise’s controversial 2018 season.
Watkins, a former Red Sox video replay coordinator, was suspended for the 2020 season for his position in unlawful signal stealing. He later returned to the group as a scout.
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Before and after video games, Watkins was accountable for decoding the opposing crew’s indicators. Rules did allow that. But he additionally had entry to stay recreation feeds to “supplement or update” his work, the commissioner’s workplace confirmed. The act of utilizing in-game video to decipher indicators crossed into the unlawful vary.
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Watkins would then go alongside the data to the Red Sox dugout.
The commissioner’s workplace finally dominated that the unlawful sign-stealing strategies had been solely used throughout the 2018 common season and never within the playoffs.
The Red Sox beat the Dodgers within the 2018 World Series.
The investigation additionally concluded there was inadequate proof to point out the crew was concerned in dishonest throughout the 2019 common season. Watkins was the one Red Sox worker who acquired punishment for the signal stealing.
Boston solely communicated the stolen indicators to runners who had been on second base. The runners would then steal the catcher’s signal and provides a sign to the batter about the kind of pitch about to be thrown.
“The information was only relevant when the Red Sox had a runner on second base,” MLB officers dominated.
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Mookie Betts, named the 2018 American League MVP when he was with the Red Sox, really useful the Dodgers rent Watkins.
Betts was teammates with Watkins within the minor leagues. In the guide, “Winning Fixes Everything,” Betts shared how some Red Sox gamers gave Watkins cash throughout his unpaid suspension.
“We all chipped in because he did so much for us,” Betts mentioned. “The perception is, ‘Oh, we gave him money because …’ No. He’s very good at his job. He was the one up at 3 o’clock in the morning, scouting, making sure of everything we needed to do.”
Dodgers supervisor Dave Roberts mentioned he believes Watkins being on the employees offers the crew a bonus.
“I think it’s just to give us whatever competitive advantage that we can get on the preparation side, the potential opposition pitchers, tendencies and also work with our hitting guys closely,” Roberts mentioned.
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The Dodgers received a serious league-best 111 video games final season however misplaced to the Padres within the NLDS.