John Henry responds to MLB report on Red Sox

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By WEEI 93.7

John Henry clearly doesn't take issue on the level of punishment handed out by MLB to the Red Sox Wednesday. That much is clear in reading the principal owner's emails to the Boston Globe.

"I believe MLB went above and beyond in order to ascertain facts that led to their conclusion and I support the findings," Henry wrote.

It was also noted by team president Sam Kennedy that Henry and Red Sox chairman Tom Werner participated in a call with commissioner Rob Manfred and the other 29 club owners Wednesday, specifically apologizing to the Yankees and Dodgers organizations after players from those two teams were subjected to a litany of questions regarding if the Sox' 2018 title was tainted.

The dynamic, as Henry pointed out in the email was one that "created a terrible environment (for those teams) for a prolonged period (at the start of 2020)."

As for whether or not the owner believed the infractions highlighted by MLB should put the Red Sox' World Series championship in a different light, Henry offered his analysis.

"What I regret most about all of this beyond the toll it took on our organization is the position it put our fans in — having for months to wonder if the 2018 championship could actually be the result of unfair play," Henry wrote. "It’s clear from the report that these isolated occurrences in 2018 happened during the regular season. The report references how often those instances called into question had an opportunity to take place and within the context of the overall season all one has to do is the math to see the net potential result. But I’ll let others do the math."

The owner added, "Our organization places a strong emphasis on integrity. I believe our players play with a love of the game, in fact have a great deal of integrity and display a fierce determination not just to win on the field but to represent our community incredibly well in so many ways. I hope our fans will read the findings of this report."