MLB’s latest pitching experiment could change everything

MLB’s latest pitching experiment could change everything.

A new electronic system for calling pitches could change the way the game of baseball is played at the highest level, and it’s pretty exciting.

According to the Associated Press, MLB is “amplifying its experimentation with an electronic communication channel for pitchers and catchers” with new, innovative technology.

The PitchCom system is already in use at Low-A West, and “big league clubs are tinkering with the technology during spring training,” the outlet reported.

“Very much for that. I think it speeds up the game,” said Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa. “I’m wondering and hoping they make it official. But our experience is good.”

Several MLB teams have tested the PitchCom system and received great reviews

This technology was seen at the majors this year, but will likely be tested first by Double-A this summer.

According to the AP, the system works like this: “The catcher wears a bracelet with nine buttons for calling up the pitch and location. There is one receiver in the pitcher’s cap and another in the catcher’s helmet.”

How cool is that?

New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he tried when Luis Severino was on the mound and Kyle Higashioka was behind the plate.

“We posted it to Sevie at 12:15 before he went out. He was game for it but we jumped it on him, no hiccups. No problems, and this is our first game to do that, so that’s good. Hopefully we can do better than that,” Boone said.

Baltimore Orioles pitcher Bruce Zimmerman also tried the PitchCom system and had nothing but good things to say about it.

“It wasn’t as cumbersome as I thought it would be, and actually I think it’s really nice because you can speed up the game at will,” said Zimmermann.

Only time will tell how quickly this technology will become the norm and how it could improve the game. MLB’s latest pitching experiment could change everything

John Verrall

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