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New Wristband Could Thwart Sign Stealing in College Baseball

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    College baseball has a new rule that helps speed up time, but could also prevent sign stealing. The NCAA now lets a pitcher wear a wristband with a signal card that allows him and the catcher to look into the dugout to get pitch calls, which would eliminate the need for the catcher to relay the call using hand signals.

    Since the Astros cheated the last two seasons by stealing signs, their shame has brought this problem to the forefront. And it's even made it's way into college baseball. The wristband would work very much like they do in football. The play is called with a signal from the sideline and the quarterback looks down at the wristband to match the signal with the play. The same would go for pitching in this case.

    Not only will this speed up the game, it will prevent even college teams from walking down the shameful path the Astros decided to walk down. College Baseball is televised just as much as the MLB is so I could see the need to not only speed up the game, but prevent sign stealing. I think this is a cool idea. What does everyone else think? Or is this too much for something as simple as college baseball?

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    That's great. MLB take notice, the amateur league just beneath you is smarter than you are. This should have been done by the MLB immediately when the Astros scandal broke. Maybe college baseball has the luxury of their season starting before MLB Spring Training and something like this was in the works for months with the pro league. But its kinda funny the NCAA looks smarter in this case than the pros. Also rare I give praise to the NCAA for being innovative. Good move though.
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    Dallasite Wrote: But its kinda funny the NCAA looks smarter in this case than the pros. Also rare I give praise to the NCAA for being innovative. Good move though.
    You're very right about that. I hadn't thought of it in that way until now. It makes me wonder why they haven't adopted such a thing especially because the NFL has be doing this for years.