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Monday, March 18, 2019

MLB Tries iPitch Watch In Spring Training Games

Jesse Dougherty @dougherty_jesse
2019.03.18 10:37

MLB is at Nationals’ camp today workshopping a new communication device for pitchers and catchers. It would allow catchers to type a pitch call (with location) into a watch that is connected to a watch the pitcher is wearing on the mound. An effort to eliminate sign-stealing.

* Computers do not always work as expected.
* The r.f. spectrum at ballparks is congested already.
* Catcher’s wrist movements could tell via high-resolution camera.
* Other unintended consequences.

 

Bote Man Posted: March 18, 2019 at 11:31 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: catchers, rules, sign stealing, technology

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Universal designated hitter? Possibility of new MLB rules spark conversation

As humans, a lot of us hate change. As baseball fans, well—some want to embrace change and others (like me) feel like you shouldn’t mess with the game of baseball ... much.

Without a doubt, Rob Manfred is considering every one of the rule changes proposed in this article.

 

QLE Posted: February 10, 2019 at 04:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dh, rule changes, rules

Friday, December 14, 2018

Some MLB front offices are starting to embrace an out-of-the-box idea to boost trading at the winter meetings

Baseball is the only sport that truly gets year-round coverage.  TINO!

This idea has no legs.

The idea here is that the last day of the winter meetings would be a trade deadline. It’s always a Thursday, and the Rule 5 draft is held in the morning. As previously noted, after the Rule 5, it’s pretty much dead. So let’s say the deadline is set Thursday at noon local time for wherever the meetings are located and then teams can’t trade again until some point in spring training.

Such a deadline would absolutely make the MLB’s key offseason event a lot more exciting. Things like the a potential blockbuster between the Dodgers and Reds would either be completed or fall apart in time for the teams to turn elsewhere. It would actually help free agency, too, because once teams can’t trade anymore, the only remaining option to shore up holes would be free agency.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2018 at 06:48 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: rules

Monday, October 29, 2018

MLB’s crackdown on sign stealing has already begun

I can’t see how a catcher could chat with the pitcher.

MLB recognizes it is going to have to make a significant expenditure to come up with technology to counter at least some of the thievery, likely with either communication systems that would allow the catcher, pitcher and middle infielders to speak and hear each other — like what an NFL quarterback has in his helmet — or a watch that multiple players could look at to get what the signs are without the catcher having to put down fingers. But the sense is that no advancement is far enough along to be ready for the 2019 season.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2018 at 10:44 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: rules, sign stealing

 

 

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