Baseball scandal

Discussion in 'World Events' started by DaveC426913, Jan 17, 2020.

  1. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    I'm hearing in the news about this scandal involving signals being routed from catcher to the opponent's dugout and back to the batter. If you're not familiar with it, grab a paper.

    Here is my naive question about baseball in-general:


    Why is it the catcher that is telling the pitcher what ball to throw? What does the catcher know about the batter that the pitcher doesn't?

    And why hasn't this practice evolved so the pitcher is in-the-know about the batters?
     
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  3. (Q) Encephaloid Martini Valued Senior Member

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    Simple, if the pitcher shows the signs, the batter will see them. The catcher keeps showing signs until the pitcher decides which sign to take by nodding his head.
     
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  5. Janus58 Valued Senior Member

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    The signals don't have anything to do with the catcher knowing more about the batter. As already stated, the catcher keeps showing signals until the pitcher nods. This back and forth between the two is so that the catcher will know what type of pitch to expect.
     
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  7. wegs Matter & Pixie Dust Valued Senior Member

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    I learned something new as I wondered this myself. They should have a do over since the Astros can’t really claim the win, since this all came to light.
     
  8. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    Thanks but that doesn't really clear up my confusion.


    Ohhhh. OK, so it's more that pitcher and catcher need to be in sync (so the catcher doesn't miss and uh ...do an error). Not so much to do with the batter.
     
  9. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    Seems pretty silly to make a "scandal" of it.
     

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