Phillies Reprimanded by League for Binoculars Incident
The Phillies are, of course, denying any wrongdoing, though Rockies manager Jim Tracy doesn't want to hear it, telling The Denver Post that the Phils are "out of line" and saying that there's no good reason for any team to point binoculars at the opposing catcher.
Though Charlie Manuel is dismissing the whole thing, the Phillies' defense doesn't really appear to hold much water. They say they were watching their own catcher, but multiple accounts, including last night's broadcast, show that the binoculars were out while the Rockies were in the field.
It appears that the Phillies will escape this incident without much more than a slap on the wrist, though the commissioner's office technically has the right to punish them however it sees fit for this sort of thing should they get caught with the binoculars out again.
The official stance of the league for now, though, is that the tape was "inconclusive." It's hard to imagine that the Phillies would think they could get away with just pulling a pair of binoculars out of the bullpen to steal signs and relaying messages via the dugout phone in 2010, but it's also hard to think of another reason that the binoculars would be out at that point in the game for something that doesn't include a nefarious purpose or a major lapse in common sense.