MLB Examining On-Field Technology to Prevent Sign Stealing

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Major League Baseball is looking at ways to prevent teams from stealing their opponents’ signs.

Sign stealing has long been a part of baseball, although the interest ramped up after this offseason’s high-profile allegation that involved the 2017 World Series-winning Houston Astros. The accusation has caused the commissioner’s office to take a deeper look at on-field technology, such as earpieces allowing the pitcher and catcher to communicate, that would allow pitch calls to be communicated without the traditional hand signs.

According to Yahoo Sports, the MLB has been looking into on-field communication for about a year. New ways to prevent sign stealing included a Feb. 2019 rule banning all non-broadcast outfield cameras and tightening restrictions on in-house video, according to Sports Illustrated.

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