Major League Baseball pitchers and catchers will have the option of using devices to help prevent sign-stealing this season, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney.
The device is known as PitchCom, which consists of a pad with buttons on the catcher’s glove-hand wrist. The catcher can use the pad to signal pitch types and locations directly to the pitcher on the mound through a listening device.
Up to three teammates will have access to the relayed signals, which will help with fielding positions.
PitchCom has already been tested in spring training games and the word around the league is players love it, especially pitchers.
According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, some players and executives believe it could help speed games up.
Sign-stealing has become a major issue in the game over the past few seasons.