Due to the infrequent addition of members into the 50 home run club, Baseball Digest called it "a restrictive fraternity comprising slugging elite"  in 1954, when there were only six members. Of the seventeen members eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame , eight have been elected and three were elected on the first ballot. Eligibility requires that a player has "been retired five seasons" or deceased for at least six months,  disqualifying four active players and five players who have been retired for less than five seasons. Some believe the milestone has become less important with the large number of new members;   fifteen players joined the club on a total of 24 occasions from 1995 to 2010.  Additionally, several of these recent members have had ties to performance-enhancing drugs .    
It was a no no making this public without going to the Red Sox first the stop it. That’s how teams traditionally deal with this stuff: and t happens all the time. A more recent example: when Michael Pinaeda came out to pitch against the Red Sox with an obscene smear of pine tar on his neck. The Red Sox sent a message to the Yankees to have him cut it out. They had him remove it after the 4th inning. Then the next time they faced him he did it AGAIN! That’s when they went to the officials. That’s how it’s done. That’s how it’s been done for generations.
That’s what Manfred called the Yankees out on and it’s a bad look for the Yankees. They made the game look bad, and it didn’t go unnoticed.