Two possible solutions to prevent the next MLB team from using a video to steal signs

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Along with "How can we get young people to take their cell phones off until they can see our product?" And "What are we going to do about the position of the rays?"

"How can we prevent the illegal theft of signs?"

This could be considered the main concern, given the report by Rob Manfred, who condemned and sentenced the 2017 Astros world champion for committing this baseball crime in the off-season. Another Manfred report about the 2018 Red Sox champion should come at any moment.

Manfred announced on Thursday that at the end of the baseball owners' meetings, additional rules for real-time video usage for the 2020 season would be established. And the punishments – to Jeff Luhnow and A.J. Hinch, who will be arriving for Alex Cora shortly, should act as a deterrent against bad behavior and as an incentive for authority figures to monitor their own club houses for misconduct. I would not be surprised if the players – so many of them angry with these Astros – take the initiative with their union to negotiate harsher penalties, just as the players impose harsher penalties on those who use illegal performance-enhancing drugs.

However, just like illegal PEDs, baseball must continue to think ahead to stay ahead of potential scammers. Maybe even radical. Manfred discussed a radical idea on Thursday, and I launched another radical idea that the participants did not reject. You are welcome:

1.Earbuds / headphones: Phillies manager Joe Girardi is more informative than anyone you've ever met and has been committed to this for a long time. It makes sense, doesn't it? What better way to prevent theft of signs than to remove signs? The NFL uses them with their quarterbacks.

Unfortunately, as Manfred said on Thursday, “headphone approach is difficult in our sport. The NFL has the advantage that a helmet is already quite large, in which it can put things. It is much more difficult to design an earphone that is comfortable for gamers rather than wearing characters.

The Commissioner added: “If you think about these types of changes to address a particular problem, the unintended consequences can be significant. While we're experimenting with a variety of approaches, we don't want to make any changes that lengthen or delay the game, and we pay a lot of attention to it. It's hard to be as quick as hand signals, isn't it? "

2. Fuzzy signals on TV: Props to my childhood friend, Jon Epstein, who introduced me to this recently: Why not blur the catcher signals for all TV viewers – or make them pixelated when we feel like it? After all, the pitcher is the only person who really needs to see these signals. The 2017 Astros could never have improved their plans if they hadn't had real-time TV access to their opponents' signals.

Believe it or not, baseball officials have discussed this, an industry source said. To put it bluntly, this is not a front burner. We'll talk years later, if at all. To make it even clearer, the last thing baseball wants to do is make its product less accessible to its fans and broadcasters. So the idea would be to pixelate the signals only internally so that, for example, the Astros couldn't pull through what they did, and then the supposed Red Sox scheme of 2018 to track the live action in the review review room Forwarding this information to runners on the second base immediately would have been dead upon arrival.

This would not stop stealing and decoding from runners in second place, but this is not illegal. It could very well end up in the "Interesting to think about, difficult to do" stack. In any case, it is worth thinking a little more about it.


– Questions about the pop quiz:

1. By Steven Santucci from Middletown, New Jersey: The 1961 film “One, Two Three” begins with a foreword by Star James Cagney, in which a prominent thug of the time is mentioned. Name the racket.

2. By Alan Tobin from Little Neck: Name the two main league teams that face each other in 1977 in the television film “Murder at the World Series”.

– Allow me to present a nerdy continuation of one of my nerdy stories of almost two years ago about how trade between professional sports teams could be taxable. You haven't heard from it since. This is because MLB solved the problem at least by convincing the IRS that trades can continue unimpeded as long as both teams have assigned a tax-free value to their players. Averted nightmare. If the Mookie Betts trade fails, you cannot blame President Trump or his tax code.


– Your pop quiz answers:

1. Roger Maris

2. The Astros and the A & # 39; s

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