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Over the Monster Podcast: Red Sox Punished

Something real to talk about!

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As we get deeper into this time without baseball, one of the least important challenges I and the rest of the world of sports writers/podcasters is figuring out things to talk about. Fortunately, this week we actually had some real, actual news to discuss on the podcast. Earlier in the week, of course, MLB finally released their findings of their investigation of the Red Sox’s 2018 sign-stealing scheme as well as the punishments. As a reminder or in case you somehow missed it, the team was docked a second-round pick, advanced scout J.T. Watkins was suspended for 2020 and barred from the video replay room for 2021.

So, as you can imagine, this was what was discussed for basically the entire episode of this podcast, as Keaton and myself covered all of the angles. We looked at the fairness of the punishment, MLB’s credibility or lack thereof, the potential of Alex Cora returning, how bad or not so bad the loss of a second round pick this year, and the merits of the replay challenge system. After that, we answered some listener questions.

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