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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) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: catchers, rules, sign stealing, technology

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   1. Bote Man Posted: March 19, 2019 at 12:38 PM (#5823747)
Lance McCullers Jr. @LMcCullers43
I like it.
I honestly know nothing about it. First time I saw it/heard of it was this tweet. I feel like the tech is definitely too far ahead for regular signs anymore. We, as the players, want the game crisp for the fans so less mound visits, etc. and need a way to combat it.


Hmmmm...
   2. Greg Pope Posted: March 19, 2019 at 03:12 PM (#5823814)
Why wouldn't you reverse it? The pitcher should be calling the pitch, not the catcher. The only reason the catcher calls for the pitch now is because he's behind the batter. Let the pitcher call and you eliminate any shaking off of the pitch selection.
   3. Rally Posted: March 19, 2019 at 03:29 PM (#5823821)
If you did that the pitcher would have to think. Some of them really don't want to do that on the mound.

If this is used, how long before teams start hiring code-breakers away from the NSA?
   4. Greg Pope Posted: March 19, 2019 at 04:50 PM (#5823864)
If you did that the pitcher would have to think. Some of them really don't want to do that on the mound.

Why do they shake off the catcher's signs then? Really, the pitcher should be required to think, though.
   5. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 19, 2019 at 04:52 PM (#5823865)
We, as the players, want the game crisp for the fans so less mound visits, etc.
Oh, that's rich.
   6. Bote Man Posted: March 19, 2019 at 06:44 PM (#5823889)
so less mound visits

*fewer mound visits
   7. cardsfanboy Posted: March 19, 2019 at 07:49 PM (#5823900)
Why do they shake off the catcher's signs then? Really, the pitcher should be required to think, though


From everything I've read, they shake off the catcher's sign because they have lost faith in the pitch or are more confident with another pitch, but it's pretty always been the catcher that reads the reports and knows what is going on, much more so than the pitcher. I don't think anyone outside of football fans, which is the lesser sport, would argue that the pitcher should call the pitch. It's the catcher, manager or pitching coach that deals with that, they just want to let the pitcher, pitch.
   8. Gazizza, my Dilznoofuses! Posted: March 20, 2019 at 07:23 AM (#5823939)
I don't think anyone outside of football fans, which is the lesser sport, would argue that the pitcher should call the pitch. It's the catcher, manager or pitching coach that deals with that, they just want to let the pitcher, pitch.


"Don't think, meat. You'll only hurt the ballclub."
   9. Cris E Posted: March 20, 2019 at 10:44 AM (#5823964)
Catchers see a lot more ABs than pitchers. They were there last inning before a reliever came in, they were there yesterday before today's starter was out there. He sees the discomfort of hitters and has a better read on the umpire. Now some pitchers may be better at calling pitches than some catchers, but out of the gate that catcher should have some advantages.

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