Apr 23, 2020 3:22 AM

Red Sox stripped of pick, Cora banned in sign stealing scams

Posted Apr 23, 2020 3:22 AM

AP Sports Writers

NEW YORK (AP) — The Boston Red Sox got off lightly in Major League Baseball's sign-stealing scandal after Commissioner Rob Manfred concluded their violations were far less flagrant than those of the Houston Astros.

Boston was stripped of its second-round pick in this year's amateur draft for sign stealing in 2018 and former manager Alex Cora was suspended through the 2020 postseason for his previous conduct as the Astros' bench coach.

Manfred issued his decision Wednesday, announcing Red Sox replay system operator J.T. Watkins violated the prohibition on in-game use of video to revise sign sequences provided to players. Watkins was suspended without pay through this year's postseason. He denied the allegations.

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Apr 23, 2020 3:22 AM
Prospects ready for their closeup on draft night from home

AP Sports Writer

Fifty-eight prospects will take part remotely in the NFL draft, which has gone completely virtual because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The players received video kits from the NFL that will record their reactions to being selected. The kits sent to prospects include two cell phones, two light stands, a pair of tripods, a headset for interviews and a microphone. One of the phone cameras will be on the entire time until the player is selected, while another will be used for interviews with ESPN, the NFL Network and Commissioner Roger Goodell.

The draft begins Thursday night and wraps up Saturday.