Rays praise PitchCom electronic pitch-calling device


PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — With one out in the second inning Saturday afternoon at Charlotte Sports Park, the Braves put runners on first and second base with Ryan Goins coming to the plate. Rather than walking out to the mound to go over a new set of signs with pitcher Phoenix Sanders, Rays catcher Mike Zunino took his place behind the plate and punched a button on a device strapped to his left arm.

It looked different, not just because it was Spring Training. The Rays were using new technology that allowed Zunino to electronically send signs to Sanders, a pitch-calling system developed by PitchCom that could help improve the pace of play and eliminate illegal sign-stealing.

Minor Leaguers tested the system in the Low-A California League last summer, but Saturday was the first time Major Leaguers used it in a game. The reviews from the two parties most directly involved were extremely positive.

“It’s something I’m really intrigued with, and hopefully…

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