Boston Red Sox

Feb 18, 2019; Lee County, FL, USA; A general view of a Boston Red Sox helmet as Boston Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. (19) walks on the field during a spring training workout at Jet Blue Park at Fenway South. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

By Alex Barth,

After MLB commissioner Rob Manfred told reporters last week that he hoped the league’s investigation into the Red Sox would be done before Spring Training, a report today from MLB Network’s Jon Heyman indicates the conclusion will likely be ‘by the end of the month.’

While Manfred’s timeline, coming just days before pitchers and catchers reported to Fort Myers, never seemed realistic, this is yet another example of the end of the tunnel being pushed back.

Heyman also mentions that the allegations against the Red Sox are ‘far less egregious’ than those against the Astros, which lines up with the report that the Red Sox will receive a lighter punishment. Whatever is causing the delay clearly isn’t serious, although some may argue the arduous waiting process dragging on into Spring Training is a punishment in it’s own way.

Punishment or no, the Red Sox first official full-team workout is scheduled for Monday. But as the 2020 Red Sox meet for the first time, the cloud of the 2018 team will still linger, at least for a few more weeks.

Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Hate mail? Let him hear it on Twitter @RealAlexBarth or via email at