I_Like_Dirt wrote:It's so obvious, though. Really, we're entering an age where these things are eventually going to be recorded whether teams do it or not so then you have to figure out if teams are accessing that information or not, and only the few incompetent teams aren't going to access it because it's going to be blindingly impossible to effectively police. This isn't unlike the steroid scandal only there's an even grayer area between what people say is okay and what they say isn't, you can't argue that players are harming their health doing it, and there is nothing so simple as a drug test to check for use.
This whole sun/sky/squint is a useful imaginary trope, not unlike the peaceful farmer who lives off the land, takes nothing from anybody and feeds the world. In reality, baseball, even sandlot baseball, has basically always been about people finding ways to gain an advantage before someone calls them on it (usually after they lose or while they're losing) and then the game devolves into a nonstop argument/fistfight over how one player was wronged by another. In that sense, I suppose that's a part of the game and nothing has really changed.
It shouldn't be that
hard to police. Absolutely, every team can figure out what the signs are, but that doesn't mean that they have a way to transmit that information to the one person who actually needs it, the dude standing in a chalk box surrounded by nothing but officials and opposing players. The reason the Astros resorted to such a crude method is that there aren't a lot of great ways to convey that information, which is only available for a couple seconds prior to the ball being thrown, without drawing a whole lot of unwanted attention.
Beyond that, the penalties are now high enough that it probably isn't a rational play given that I'm guessing that the benefits, while absolutely real, aren't overwhelming. You can't really rely on omerta, because players are constantly moving on...you release the wrong RP with a 6.00 ERA and your odds of a lifetime ban from baseball look fairly good.
**** your asterisk.