Sign Of Times: MLB Gives OK To Electronic Pitch Calling
NEW YORK (AP) — In a move that will end a tradition dating 150 years, Major League Baseball has approved the use of an electronic device for catchers to signal pitches in an effort to eliminate sign stealing and speed games.
Since the beginning of baseball in the 19th century, catchers had used their fingers to signal the type of pitch and its intended location.
Too early to tell if the pitch-calling device, which is pictured here, will be a game-changer. It would eliminate the use of signs from catchers. The hope is it will speed up games.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 23, 2021
As video at balllparks increased, so did sign stealing and the worries about how teams were trying to do it.
Broadcasters explain that all nine Vanderbilt players are wearing electronic wristbands showing what pitch the coach is calling from the dugout
It’s the first year this is legal in college baseball pic.twitter.com/AohbaLEGfs
— Jomboy Media (@JomboyMedia) February 20, 2022
The Astros were penalized for using a camera and banging a trash can to alert their batters to pitches during their run to the 2017 World Series title.