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  1. So, though it’s been 12 years since I’ve posted on RW, I’ve followed the threads every year. The specious arguments here have compelled me to come out of the woodwork. No one is denying that sign stealing is part of the game. No one is denying that technology has been involved throughout the history of baseball. But, while technology was occasionally employed (example from 1898 here, 1951, 1987, etc) it seems that it has become so rampant it recent years that multiple teams, including and perhaps spearheaded by the Red Sox, felt compelled to complain to the commissioners office. This led to the commissioners office releasing a memo to the GMs of all 30 teams officially declaring the use of technology to be illegal, and that any violation of said memo would be met with harsh repercussions. You may feel that this policy is misguided. You may (and I would agree) argue that teams will continue to maximize production using technology and the MLB would best to realize this and incorporate the technology to prevent further scandals like this. What makes the two investigated teams stand out is that they brazenly continued to use technologic means immediately after the commissioner's memo. So brazenly, that players felt compelled to speak openly about it. So brazenly that owners have, reportedly, privately complained to the commissioners office about the leniency of the punishments. And most astonishingly, so brazenly that multiple stars of the game have publicly complained on social media. The issue is that they directly, and institutionally, disregarded the commissioner's direct memo on the topic. In doing that, they are degrading his authority. That is why the crime is so serious.