Red Sox Misconduct?
This from the New York Times' Red Sox hater Murray Chass, and then a comment......
Talk of Misconduct Is Swirling Around Red Sox
By MURRAY CHASS
Published: December 8, 2006
"The Boston Red Sox might think of the Yankees as the Evil Empire, but other people in baseball now seem to view the Red Sox as a team that feels it can operate outside the rules.
According to executives of several clubs, the Red Sox were a hot topic of private conversation at the general managers’ meeting last month and at the winter meetings this week. Several officials who work for Major League Baseball said there appeared to be good reason for the talk. Many of those interviewed did not want to be quoted by name because of what they viewed as the sensitivity of talking critically about another team’s conduct.
Exhibit A for the disgruntled is Boston’s signing of J. D. Drew, who walked away from the final three years of his contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, a move that his agent, Scott Boras, said was aboveboard and precipitated by the marketplace. The signing of Drew could lead to an investigation by the commissioner’s office into possible tampering by the Red Sox; one baseball official said the commissioner’s office would vigorously investigate the matter if it received a complaint, but added that no complaint has been forthcoming.
One general manager said that many people at the general managers’ meeting, after hearing that Drew would sign with Boston, urged the Dodgers to file a tampering charge.
“We haven’t reached a decision yet,” Ned Colletti, the Dodgers’ general manager, said by telephone yesterday before leaving the winter meetings in Orlando, Fla."
Peter here. There seems to me to be no way to prove anything one way or another without a complete investigation. Was Drew informed of the Red Sox interest shortly before the winter meetings, and did this information cause him to legally back out of his remaining years with the Dodgers? That is the question. And if that's the case, that is wrong. The Red Sox should not go unpunished. But I want proof....100% proof before rumors and inuendos run rampant. Theo...play clean! Unlike Larry Lucchino, I TRUST you.