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Wednesday, November 07, 2018

MLB cheaters beware: Baseball finally addressing sign-stealing problem | NBC Sports Boston

One high-ranking club official in the National League said that last offseason, MLB started asking some clubs about potentially allowing pitchers and catchers to communicate with an earpiece, or the like. As an American League front office member noted: Why hasn’t that technology already been tested in the Arizona Fall League, or some other venue?

Now the matter is at least at the top of the docket. The next steps, however, are unclear.

“I have no idea,” said one high-ranking league official involved with the matter, who does not have permission to speak publicly. “Hopefully the GMs, we’ll get them in a room, we’ll have an idea.

“There’s two ways to go: Cut back on what clubs are allowed to do, you know in terms of cameras in the park, although that presents an enforcement issue.

“Or go the other way, allow it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2018 at 08:04 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: sign stealing

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)
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