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Hot Stove Lunch: Did Rob Manfred open a can of worms with Astros discipline?

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You can't say that MLB commissioner Rob Manfred didn't warn everyone.

When the Red Sox were found to have been using Apple Watches to relay signals from the clubhouse to the dugout to the field in September of 2017, Manfred hit the Red Sox with a fine, but made it a point to warn the Sox -- and everyone else in the game -- that future transgressions would be treated far more seriously.

A subsequent follow-up memo the following spring, sent by Joe Torre, warned teams again: no use of electronics or cameras to decode or transmit signs.