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MLB wants to ban in-game video, union would allow

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Major League Baseball has proposed banning player access to video during games, according to New York Yankees pitcher Zack Britton, but the union wants to allow it with protections that would prevent catchers’ signs from being visible.

Players’ association head Tony Clark met with the Yankees for three hours Wednesday and discussed negotiations for new video rules in the wake of the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal.

“Right now, MLB’s proposal would be like a blackout. There would be no access,” Britton said. “That’s a pretty extreme stance because of one team, that everyone else is punished. So, hopefully, we can find some common ground, but definitely before opening day. Guys would like to understand what we’re going to be allowed to use and what we’re not going to be allowed to use before opening day.”

Houston violated rules by using a camera in the outfield to steal catchers’ signs during its run to the 2017 World Series title and again in 2018. The team was fined $5 million, manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were suspended for one season and the team was stripped of draft picks. Hinch and Luhnow were fired by the team, but no players were disciplined.

But why do you need to review the footage during the game? Shouldn’t you be busy actually playing the game?


QLE Posted: March 05, 2020 at 01:20 AM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: mlb, mlbpa, video

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   1. pthomas Posted: March 05, 2020 at 12:14 PM (#5928314)
Just let them watch whatever cable broadcast is available. After about 5 minutes of looking at a pitcher's nosehairs on the "Closeup Cam", they will give up.
I bet millions of viewers have forgotten what "catcher's signs" even are.
   2. giannis Posted: March 05, 2020 at 02:42 PM (#5928353)
seems like the best solution.
   3. Walt Davis Posted: March 05, 2020 at 03:54 PM (#5928366)
Shouldn’t you be busy actually playing the game?

You might have noticed there is just a teensy-weensy bit of downtime in a baseball game.
   4. villageidiom Posted: March 05, 2020 at 05:23 PM (#5928380)
But why do you need to review the footage during the game? Shouldn’t you be busy actually playing the game?
Often players who strike out or whatever will immediately go down the tunnel to the video room to watch their last PA to see what they did wrong - other than obviously that they struck out. They'll look for pitcher tendencies, or their own swing path, or whatever, so they can make quick adjustments before their next turn at bat.

Whether they need to do this is unclear. They are at least accustomed to being able to do it, and I think no team would want to lose the privilege.
   5. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: March 05, 2020 at 10:18 PM (#5928429)
I love this of course. It seems like such a no brainer. I don’t think there is any reason a player shouldn’t be able to review his at bats as the game goes on but if it’s not technologically feasible or they just don’t want to allow it I won’t lose any sleep. This is such a simple and obvious solution.
   6. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: March 05, 2020 at 11:57 PM (#5928442)
and I think no team would want to lose the privilege.

Well if you get caught cheating using this technology, then you should lose the privilege of using it.
   7. JJ1986 Posted: March 06, 2020 at 07:07 AM (#5928455)
It seems easy enough to ban live video but let players watch earlier at bats.
   8. Greg Pope Posted: March 06, 2020 at 09:39 AM (#5928473)
Just like a pitch clock, it's a zero sum game. You can't review video, but neither can the other team. The hitter can't review his last PA, but neither can the pitcher.
   9. villageidiom Posted: March 06, 2020 at 11:09 AM (#5928503)
The trouble here is that if they ban only live video they will not be banning pre-recorded video - watching a reliever in his most recent appearance, for example - which will preserve nearly all the tech needed to watch live video. "Don't do this specific thing" is already the current rule, and we have seen how effective that has been. I'm skeptical that "Don't do this general thing" will be any more effective.

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