When the PitchCom technology was introduced at the beginning of the 2022 regular season, it was designed to better the communication between pitchers and catchers, plus be used as a deterrent for sign-stealing.
New York Mets pitcher Max Scherzer used it for the first time in Wednesday’s game against the New York Yankees and had an outstanding outing, throwing seven shutout innings, striking out six and walking two. He got a no-decision in the Mets’ 3-2 walk-off win.
Scherzer had some interesting thoughts on PitchCom after the game.
“It works. Does it help? Yes. But I also think it should be illegal,” Scherzer said, via the New York Post. “I don’t think it should be in the game.”
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The three-time National League Cy Young award winner said he took pride in having a system of signs that no one was able to figure out.
“The fact that we’re taking this out of the game and we’re just putting in technology, now everybody — you can’t steal signs on second, the pitcher can’t have an advantage of having a complex system,” Scherzer said. “It’s part of baseball trying to crack someone’s signs. Does it have its desired intent that it cleans up the game a little bit? Yes, but I also feel like it takes away part of the game.”
Despite his comments, Scherzer says using the technology again is still on the table in the future.
“I’ll continue to think about it. I might,” he said.