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MLB studying new technology aimed at eliminating sign-stealing

Larry Brown Sports logo Larry Brown Sports 3/18/2019 Grey Papke, Larry Brown Sports
Rob Manfred wearing a suit and tie holding a sign posing for the camera © Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Major League Baseball is looking to cut down on sign-stealing with some unique new technology.

According to Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post, the league was at Washington Nationals camp on Monday as they explore a new communication device that would be worn by pitchers and catchers. The watch would allow a catcher to call a pitch, which would be communicated to the pitcher wearing the same type of watch.

It seems a bit strange, but that’s what the testing and workshopping is for. It remains to be seen how pitchers and catchers will adapt or like it.

The league seems to be ramping up efforts to combat sign-stealing, and this is far from the only avenue they’ve considered. This is probably not the last we’ll hear about this sort of thing.


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