Major League Baseball is putting new rules in place this season to guard against high-tech sign stealing, a source told ESPN’s Jeff Passan, confirming an SI.com report.
MLB is set to pass rules designed on limiting sign stealing. Expect them to be in place by the beginning of this season https://t.co/3o1W2shSyB
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) February 19, 2019
MLB already had a rule in place that prohibited sign stealing from any place other than a runner on second base.
That rule would now be updated to include measures that address the use of new technology to gain an advantage on opponents.
Among the new rules, according to the SI.com report, would be:
- A ban on in-house outfield cameras from foul pole to foul pole.
- Live broadcasts limited to each team’s designated replay official, who in turn will be monitored by a security expert.
- Having all other TV monitors, such as those in the clubhouse and bullpens, on an eight-second delay.
Penalties for violation of the rules would include the forfeiting of draft picks and/or international spending money, according to the report.
As long as there has been baseball, there has been sign stealing.
Not sure how you can ever get rid of people trying to find an advantage.
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