In an effort to end sign-stealing, the MLB is testing a new electronic device that would allow communication between pitchers and catchers for pitch calls during the game.


Jessie Dougherty, a Nationals beat writer for the Washington Post, reports that the innovation (still in development) hits Nats camp on Monday for a test run.

And just like that, the Red Sox ears perked up.


This will sure spark controversy simply based off of the premise of keeping the integrity and tradition of baseball alive. Like it or not, stealing signs organically has always been an element of the game. Often it encompasses the height of strategy, something that baseball traditionalists do not want to see go away any time soon. 

This also brings about issues with the pace of play, something that has been a huge problem for baseball for decades now. People simply do not want to sit through a three-to-four hour baseball game already, and the addition of a new device and system threatens the length of the game. 


At the end of the day, you can't knock the MLB for being innovative. However, this takes away the human aspect of a sport that is already the poster child of American pastime. Implementing this rule would hurt the integrity of baseball as a whole and changes one of the most fundamental aspects of the game itself.