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    Default MLB to test electronic device for catchers to give signals to pitchers

    The practice of catchers using their fingers to flash a combination of signs for pitchers to decipher, a strategy that is almost as old as the sport itself, could be on the verge of becoming obsolete.

    Major League Baseball will begin testing new technology that allows catchers to electronically communicate signs to pitchers at one of the lower minor league levels within the next couple of weeks, a system designed to both quicken the pace of play and suppress illegal sign-stealing methods.

    A memo introducing the new system, a copy of which was obtained by ESPN, was sent to officials of the eight teams that make up the Class A California League on Friday. In it, MLB announced plans to begin testing on Aug. 3 a pitcher-catcher communication device developed by a company called PitchCom.
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    Why is sign stealing illegal? That's stupid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aberdien View Post
    Why is sign stealing illegal? That's stupid.
    It's it? I know it's illegal to do it using technology from the stands, which seems fair, but I don't think a base runner gets penalized for seeing a sign from second and relaying it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BroncoWave View Post
    It's it? I know it's illegal to do it using technology from the stands, which seems fair, but I don't think a base runner gets penalized for seeing a sign from second and relaying it.
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    I don't mind it - I am in favor of making most of baseball electronic. For instance, I hate the garbage balls and strikes inconsistencies! Hell yeah!

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    I just want maximum chaos. Steal signs, cheat, pine tar, cork bats, no injury report etc. Let's have some fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aberdien View Post
    I just want maximum chaos. Steal signs, cheat, pine tar, cork bats, no injury report etc. Let's have some fun.
    I read your post as "baseball is boring and it needs all the help that it can get!"

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    this goes back to the astros dugout slamming trash cans for fastball etc.

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