The New York Yankees suffered an off-the-field defeat in the last few hours.
Their latest attempt to avoid the infamous 2017 Rob Manfred letter from being unsealed was a failure.
As Evan Drellich of The Athletic explained, the letter should be released within the next seven days.
“BREAKING: The Yankees Letter is expected to be released within 7 days. The Yankees’ appeal to keep the letter private has been denied by the 2nd Circuit. Absent a stay for cert to Supreme Court — which a source says Yankees do not plan to pursue — case becomes final in 7 days,” he tweeted.
Yankees president Randy Levine on Second Circuit’s denial of his appeal to keep letter private: "We’re disappointed by the Court of Appeals' decision, but we respect it. However, I believe that as described in my petition, this will lead to a lot of bad results down the road."
— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) April 21, 2022
The reporter said the Yankees’ last resort would be pursuing the case being examined by the Supreme Court, but they don’t plan on doing that.
“A Lot Of Bad Results” For The Yankees
Randy Levine, the Yankees’ president, offered his thoughts on the situation.
“Yankees president Randy Levine on Second Circuit’s denial of his appeal to keep letter private: ‘We’re disappointed by the Court of Appeals’ decision, but we respect it. However, I believe that as described in my petition, this will lead to a lot of bad results down the road,'” Drellich tweeted, quoting Levine.
The letter allegedly contains information about sign-stealing.
According to CBS, the Commissioner sent the letter to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman after the Bombers complained about the Boston Red Sox and their Apple Watch scandal in 2017.
“The letter detailed the league’s investigation and findings, and is standard procedure,” the article reads.
SNY reporter Andy Martino had stated that the letter does not incriminate the Yankees as using sign-stealing.
The team has stated that opening the letter could damage its reputation.
That’s why they have been appealing.