November 25, 2020

Executives seek clarity on scouts using cameras from stands, after Yankees-Rays incident (The Athletic)


NEW YORK — As the baseball world recoiled at allegations that the Astros used cameras to illegally steal signs in real time, executives huddled at last week’s general managers’ meetings to hash out rules for another tactic based on the use of a camera, though this one is widespread and considered perfectly acceptable.

It’s not uncommon for scouts to shoot video from their seats for later use, with many teams using the practice to detect pitch tipping. But each stadium in the major leagues has different rules governing the use of cameras, which is why sources said that a Rays scout was ejected from a playoff game at Yankee Stadium this year. The incident helped to trigger a discussion among executives about standardizing guidelines across the league.

Those efforts come at a time when the Astros’ alleged transgressions could complicate matters.

The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich reported on Saturday night that during the 2017 season, an…

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