• How can something that never happened stop happening?

    That is a question left to more powerful intellects than ours’.

    It may require some sort of legal expertise of the highest level to get an accurate interpretation of what MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred meant, when speaking about allegations that the Boston Red Sox had used Apple watches to relay opposing teams’ catchers to Boston players, he said, “The only thing that I can tell you about repercussions is that to the extent that there was a violation on either side — and I’m not saying that there was — to the extent that there was a violation on either side, we are 100 percent comfortable that it is not an ongoing issue — that if it happened, it is no longer happening.”

    The other teams may have to equip their catchers with encryption devices on their fingers. Or, they could give the catchers their own Apple watches, which they could use to send fake tweets to the other side.

    Baseball teams have been engaged in some manner of subterfuge or other since the dawn of time, but MLB already has a rule in place that using electronic devices to steal signs is not permissible.

    Manfred did not discuss what sort of penalties the Red Sox might incur, if the allegations prove true. Two weeks without cell phone privileges might be on the harsh side, as people in the age demographic that includes pro baseball players would implode if forced to live without their Apple devices for two weeks, but MLB needs to send a five-bar signal to the teams that hacking other teams’ signals is not the sort of thing to be tolerated.

    Perhaps there is cobalt in the water around Boston, because not only the Red Sox, but the NFL Patriots as well seem to be prone to using underhanded electronic stealth methods to gain an upper hand on the gridiron.