According to a New York Times piece, the Boston Red Sox used an Apple Watch to help relay signs to batters during a recent series against the New York Yankees.
Meanwhile, my dad only recently figured out how to send a text message. Shortly after that, he learned what an emoji is, and there’s no stopping him now.
The Times story says Red Sox personnel viewing footage for instant replay would pick up the signs, give them to the Red Sox assistant trainer through the watch, and the trainer would relay them to players.
It’s nothing new for baseball teams to try to steal signs. It’s common when a runner is on second base for him to look at the catcher’s signs to the pitcher and somehow relay them to the hitter.
The Dodgers accused the Cubs of stealing signs in last year’s playoffs. In a recent series with the Dodgers, the Diamondbacks became so concerned about sign-stealing that in the late innings whenever the Dodgers had a man on second base, the D-backs’ catcher would visit the mound. He and the pitcher would agree on the next two or three pitches. After that, they would start the process over again.
It’s perfectly within the rules to steal signs — as long as you’re not using electronic means to do it. Still, it doesn’t mean opposing teams like it.
The Yankees’ Joe Girardi has a solution I like: Allow the pitcher and catcher to have small headsets similar to the NFL, which allows coaches to communicate with quarterbacks. The upside of the headsets would be that catchers no longer would need to go to the mound to talk to pitchers, and those mound visits can make games drag.