FORT MYERS, Fla. -- We still don't have an exact date but we're getting there.
Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred told an assembled group of media Sunday in North Port that there is now a target date when it comes to ruling on the Red Sox' 2018 cheating allegations.
"We all want the investigations to go as quickly as possible," Manfred said. "Never, however, at the expense of making sure we have pursued every possible lead and done everything we can possibly do to get the facts right. There have been a couple of developments in the Boston thing that slowed us down. People that have to be reinterviewed as a result of things. I am still thinking that the end of next week, we should be done and should have a decision."
Such a timeline would suggest a ruling would come down by the end of February.
Asked about his expectations regarding getting some clarity on the matter, Red Sox interim Ron Roenicke said he had been hopeful the decision would be a lot sooner than later.
"I don’t feel it with players at all. I don’t feel it in discussions I've had with them,'' Roenicke said Sunday. "Whether I thought it’d be over with? I hoped it would be over with. But they want to make sure they’re doing a thorough investigation and I guess it takes a while ."
Numerous Red Sox players have gone on record stating they believe the team did nothing wrong.