The Fort Worth Press - Technology boosts pitchers for new baseball season

USD -
AED 3.672997
AFN 72.498872
ALL 95.650422
AMD 406.14512
ANG 1.801734
AOA 831.000162
ARS 841.142225
AUD 1.527592
AWG 1.8
AZN 1.698055
BAM 1.80083
BBD 2.018498
BDT 109.7182
BGN 1.803396
BHD 0.376922
BIF 2866
BMD 1
BND 1.342989
BOB 6.923158
BRL 4.933899
BSD 0.999673
BTN 82.815209
BWP 13.751226
BYN 3.271567
BYR 19600
BZD 2.015008
CAD 1.35325
CDF 2769.999893
CHF 0.879245
CLF 0.03557
CLP 981.479938
CNY 7.198403
COP 3931.71
CRC 514.333857
CUC 1
CUP 26.5
CVE 102.000046
CZK 23.356602
DJF 177.720166
DKK 6.875081
DOP 58.72499
DZD 134.637031
EGP 30.901602
ERN 15
ETB 56.715011
EUR 0.922335
FJD 2.263504
FKP 0.788585
GBP 0.78865
GEL 2.659758
GGP 0.788585
GHS 12.575005
GIP 0.788585
GMD 67.896955
GNF 8597.498491
GTQ 7.80248
GYD 209.158752
HKD 7.824445
HNL 24.769971
HRK 7.030095
HTG 132.709669
HUF 360.710192
IDR 15658.1
ILS 3.60829
IMP 0.788585
INR 82.94605
IQD 1310
IRR 42042.510825
ISK 137.710032
JEP 0.788585
JMD 155.842003
JOD 0.709005
JPY 150.5225
KES 145.999742
KGS 89.429694
KHR 4080.000017
KMF 453.949659
KPW 899.994433
KRW 1331.914972
KWD 0.30769
KYD 0.833084
KZT 449.967775
LAK 20870.000044
LBP 89700.000012
LKR 310.468649
LRD 190.796279
LSL 19.080261
LTL 2.95274
LVL 0.60489
LYD 4.840319
MAD 10.063989
MDL 17.794515
MGA 4545.000265
MKD 56.8142
MMK 2099.346285
MNT 3402.777104
MOP 8.057345
MRU 39.930263
MUR 45.706908
MVR 15.393911
MWK 1682.999644
MXN 17.069799
MYR 4.759031
MZN 63.49719
NAD 19.080446
NGN 1579.079484
NIO 36.770172
NOK 10.53495
NPR 132.50404
NZD 1.620495
OMR 0.38493
PAB 0.999632
PEN 3.800998
PGK 3.72475
PHP 56.089047
PKR 279.485341
PLN 3.97185
PYG 7278.335328
QAR 3.640503
RON 4.581297
RSD 108.093981
RUB 92.050294
RWF 1291.5
SAR 3.750321
SBD 8.475185
SCR 13.497187
SDG 600.999699
SEK 10.30927
SGD 1.344196
SHP 1.26825
SLE 22.506526
SLL 19750.000036
SOS 571.500471
SRD 35.30297
STD 20697.981008
SVC 8.746852
SYP 13001.799027
SZL 19.079623
THB 35.89102
TJS 10.95645
TMT 3.51
TND 3.11975
TOP 2.36255
TRY 31.149299
TTD 6.785966
TWD 31.591002
TZS 2549.999741
UAH 38.270141
UGX 3930.740156
UYU 39.066204
UZS 12529.999923
VEF 3602106.910905
VES 36.02554
VND 24635
VUV 119.966238
WST 2.723064
XAF 603.964699
XAG 0.044567
XAU 0.000493
XCD 2.70255
XDR 0.753256
XOF 603.498241
XPF 115.504591
YER 250.350419
ZAR 19.093302
ZMK 9001.201177
ZMW 23.192903
ZWL 321.999592
  • SLAC

    0.0050

    10.305

    +0.05%

  • SCS

    0.2800

    13.05

    +2.15%

  • NGG

    0.7200

    66.38

    +1.08%

  • BCC

    2.3700

    132.98

    +1.78%

  • RBGPF

    0.0000

    74.44

    0%

  • GSK

    0.0400

    42.38

    +0.09%

  • RIO

    0.3300

    64.98

    +0.51%

  • CMSC

    -0.0280

    24.782

    -0.11%

  • CMSD

    -0.0300

    24.67

    -0.12%

  • JRI

    -0.0250

    11.41

    -0.22%

  • BCE

    0.0400

    37.3

    +0.11%

  • AZN

    0.4000

    66.33

    +0.6%

  • RYCEF

    -0.0250

    4.545

    -0.55%

  • RELX

    -0.6000

    44.04

    -1.36%

  • BTI

    -0.1000

    30.12

    -0.33%

  • BP

    0.1000

    35.42

    +0.28%

  • VOD

    0.3100

    8.78

    +3.53%

Technology boosts pitchers for new baseball season
Technology boosts pitchers for new baseball season

Technology boosts pitchers for new baseball season

Pitchers and catchers will be given the option of using new technology to prevent sign-stealing as Major League Baseball looks to move on from its scandal-plagued recent past when the delayed new season finally gets under way on Thursday.

Text size:

Five years after the Houston Astros claimed a controversial World Series victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers, baseball chiefs said Tuesday that clubs will be allowed to use new "PitchCom" equipment that has been successfully tested during Spring Training.

PitchCom is wearable technology that allows catchers and pitchers to communicate directly without needing to use hand signals -- the traditional method of signaling what kind of pitches a batter will face.

Under the new technology, catchers wear a sleeve on their forearm with nine buttons that represent different pitches and the location where they will be thrown.

Messages from the catcher's device are transmitted to a receiver fitted in the pitcher's cap.

The Astros were fined $5 million and manager A.J. Hinch was suspended for a season after the MLB found the club had been using a camera hidden in the outfield to decode the signs being used by the Dodgers in the 2017 World Series.

The new technology -- which is also aimed at speeding up the pace of play -- has received broad support since being tested.

"Anything that can help the pitcher get the sign without anyone knowing what the sign is, we're moving in the right direction," was the verdict of Colorado Rockies director of pitching Steve Foster.

New York Yankees ace Luis Severino tested the system for the first time last weekend and was impressed.

"I think it was great," Severino told reporters. "I was a little doubtful at the beginning, but when we started using it, it was really good. You know what pitch you're going to throw right away."

Thursday's opening round of regular season fixtures comes after an acrimonious off-season dominated by the labor dispute between MLB owners and players.

- Dodgers favored -

The season had been due to start on March 31 but was delayed after negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement became deadlocked.

The dispute came to an end last month after both sides reached agreement on a new deal that includes increased minimum salaries, a pre-arbitration bonus pool to reward top young players before they can negotiate new deals and a boost to the league's luxury tax thresholds.

Designated hitters will replace batters in the National League, as they have for many years in the American League.

An expanded playoff format will see 12 teams advance, six from each league, adding two clubs to the post-season championship chase.

The two top division winners in each league would receive first-round byes.

Bookmakers have installed the Dodgers as early favorites to repeat their World Series triumph from the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.

The Dodgers pulled off one of the coups of the off-season by prizing star first baseman Freddie Freeman away from the reigning champion Atlanta Braves.

Freeman, the National League Most Valuable Player in 2020, gives the Dodgers' already formidable batting line-up another weapon as they chase an eighth World Series.

Although the Dodgers have not strengthened their starting rotation, and doubts continue to swirl around the availability of pitcher Trevor Bauer, who has effectively been frozen out of the league since the emergence of lurid allegations concerning his private life last year, the NL West powerhouses can still call on Walker Buehler, Clayton Kershaw and Julio Urias from the mound.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts believes if his starters can stay healthy in 2022, his team will win a second title in three seasons.

"We are winning the World Series. Put it on record," Roberts said last month.

"We are winning the World Series if our starting staff stays healthy. I know that's vague, but that's my answer. I think it's about our starting pitching, just keeping our guys healthy."

A.Maldonado--TFWP