The Yankees are diving headfirst into the 2022 season with beacon technology.
After the Yankees began experimenting with PitchCom in spring training last weekend, they plan to use the device on Friday’s opening day against the Red Sox after MLB decided to use it for the regular season.
That means Kyle Higashioka doesn’t press his fingers on Gerrit Cole before each pitch, instead the Yankees catcher presses buttons on his wristband and Cole hears directions — type and place of pitch — from a transmitter stuck in his hat. In addition to pitchers and catchers, up to three other players on the field can carry the audio part.
“For the most part, to be honest, it’s pretty exciting,” Cole said Thursday. “I was skeptical about that [MLB executive vice president of baseball operations Morgan Sword] approached us about the idea last year. But to be honest, just seeing some of the positive things we saw in the spring in terms of pace is really encouraging for the future.”
Early indications from teams using the technology in spring training were that it can improve the pace of play — pitchers no longer have to stand on the rubber and look into the catcher to know what pitch they’re about to throw — and prevent opponents from stealing signs. especially from second base.
Some teams have embraced it quicker than others, as Red Sox starter Nathan Eovaldi said he won’t be using it on Friday.
Cole and manager Aaron Boone both said they anticipate having to adjust on the fly if, for example, technology fails in a particular inning or game. But they expect any issues to be ironed out during the season and know they can always fall back on the old-fashioned finger signs.
“I think we’re feeling really good about it right now,” Boone said. “Hopefully it’s something that helps in every way in our game.”
Working with PitchCom has seemed natural to Higashioka since he first used it in a game with Luis Severino last Saturday.
“I really like it,” Higashioka said. “I think it speeds up the game and clears up some confusion, especially with a runner in second place. I think it has the potential to have a really positive impact on the sport. Although [for] It seems kind of ridiculous at first for guys who have been around for a long time, but after trying it I’m a huge fan.”
https://nypost.com/2022/04/07/yankees-battery-to-utilize-pitchcom-in-season-opener/ The Yankees’ battery uses PitchCom in the season opener