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Thursday, July 30, 2020

Memo details new MLB rules to discipline electronic sign-stealing

A detail in the new regulations that seems a specific result of the Astros’ sign-stealing scheme is that no team is allowed to install or use any camera that captures an image of the catcher’s signs. Players and team personnel can utilize any video from prior games to identify an opponent’s signs or pitch information if it happens before the first pitch of a game, and that information can be relayed to other team personnel only prior to the start of a game.

The one exception to the sign-stealing rule is what players have always done to acquire a competitive edge: If a baserunner or coach identifies an opposing team’s signs or pitch information through his own unaided observation of the pitcher, catcher or opposing team’s dugout, that person may communicate that information to an on-field player or coach….

In terms of sanctions, MLB may discipline any individual who commits any violation to the regulations. Discipline may include suspensions without pay or service. Teams, executives and off-the-field personnel who commit any violations can also be fined, suspended or lose benefits.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 30, 2020 at 09:10 PM | 0 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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