In an effort to end sign-stealing, the MLB
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.— Jesse Dougherty (@dougherty_jesse) March 18, 2019
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.
don't like the pitch selection: auto reply with LOL— 핁핒핤할핟 ℝ할핤핖핟핓핖핣하 (@Jason_Spincycle) March 18, 2019
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.