Major League Baseball is allowing new technology to thwart the age-old cheating practice of stealing the hand signals catchers use to tell pitchers what to throw and then warning batters what pitch is coming. With the technology now being used by most big-league teams, a catcher wears a wristband device with buttons, including nine pitch options. That transmits a verbal message to the pitcher who has a hat receiver.
Class discussion: Will these new devices make baseball better? Will someone eventually hack this new system? How common is cheating in sports? Have you ever cheated during a competition? Have you ever caught someone else cheating? What should happen to an athlete or a coach caught cheating? Should they be suspended for a few competitions or be banned forever? Can the drive to win at all costs endanger athletes by encouraging risky behavior like taking banned drugs??
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