Red Sox are expected to get a “slap on the wrist” for sign stealing

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I wrote this morning that Major League Baseball was not likely to come down super hard on the Red Sox as a result of their stealing signs. That was just a suspicion at the time, based on precedent. Seems that suspicion was a pretty accurate one.

Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe just tweeted this:

Earlier today Jeff Passan of Yahoo reported much the same thing in a larger column about cheating in baseball. He believes Major League Baseball will issue a fine, possibly to the team, and maybe suspend players or coaches involved in the actual sign stealing.

So: it’s a lot of fun to talk about and it’s likely to stoke the rivalry between the Red Sox and the Yankees, but ultimately it will be a lot of nothing, it seems.

Tigers, Royals to play a regular season game in Omaha next year

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Major League Baseball announced today that the Kansas City Royals and the Detroit Tigers will play a regular season game in Omaha, Nebraska next year to open the festivities for the College World Series.

The game will be played on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha two days before the first game of the Series. It will be televised nationally by ESPN. TD Ameritrade Park has a seating capacity of 24,000, with the ability to expand to 35,000 spectators. Which, um, probably means this will be one of the larger crowds for the Royals next year if the club’s current trajectory continues.

This will be the fourth small-park, special occasion regular season game for Major League Baseball in recent years. hIn July 2016 the Atlanta Braves and the Miami Marlins played at Fort Bragg, North Carolina for service members. Last August the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals played in the inaugural Little League Classic, which took place at Bowman Field in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. There will be a second Little League Classic in Williamsport this August between the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Mets.