Could Major League Baseball quicken the pace of games by putting a headset in the pitchers cap? 

By Vincent Rapisardi

1authorvince2 - If Quarterbacks Have Headsets, Why Don't Pitchers?As I yawned in the closing moments of last night’s New York Mets/Los Angeles Dodgers game, I realized just how long and drawn-out each game in the series has been.

Starting around 9 PM ET, and ending close to 1 in the morning on the east coast, can definitely put your mind in another place (like the image of you resting on your pillow).

Don’t get me wrong, it’s been an outstanding series with many memorable moments, but I just felt like at points the game dragged on a bit.

Mainly when a mound visit occurred.

I’ve watched baseball religiously for almost all my life and what I thought of last night, was something that has never occurred to me in all the years I had watched the game.

And that was:

why don’t pitchers wear headsets like quarterbacks?

Just think of how quickly a football game goes by because of that aspect of the game.

Imagine Peyton Manning or Tom Brady running to the sideline every play to get a call, remembering it, and running back to the huddle to transmit it to the rest of their team?

The tempo of the game would be so much slower.

So, instead of boring mound visits, why can’t pitchers have a device that wraps around their hat with an ear piece to listen to what their manager or pitching coach has to say between pitchers or outs?

Obviously, the size and weight of the headset would have to be comfortable and look appealing, but maybe even a little ear bud or earplug looking device could work as well.

The pace would clearly quicken, and it just seems a bit more modern.

Not to mention, it would reduce the chance of stealing signs.

Am I crazy here?


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Vincent is the Direct of Content – Features of EliteSportsNY.com, where he’s had his work shared by outlets such as Bleacher Report, Maxim Magazine and MetsBlog.com. He’s also conducted multiple interviews with professional athletes, while creating two nationally trending stories – leading to a mentioning on SportsCenter.