Maeda throws 2 scoreless innings regardless of Rays listening to calls
This was a special form of pitch tipping when Minnesota Twins right-hander Kenta Maeda made solely his second spring begin in his return from Tommy John surgical procedure two seasons in the past.
Twins supervisor Rocco Baldelli stated the PitchCom system catcher Tony Wolters was utilizing was loud sufficient for Tampa Bay Rays hitters to listen to each pitch that was known as. Plate umpire Brennan Miller heard all of them by means of the wi-fi system utilized by pitchers and catchers to speak.
Maeda nonetheless threw two scoreless innings, permitting two hits. He struck out two and walked one.
“I stated, ‘Nicely executed. By the way in which, one thing to notice, they knew each pitch that was coming,”’ Baldelli stated.
Maeda laughed when informed by his supervisor what occurred.
Baldelli stated the system in Wolters’ ear was projecting considerably louder than regular, and it wasn’t very loud within the domed Tropicana Field with an introduced crowd of two,531.
A dialog with the umpires after the second inning tipped off Baldelli, and changes have been made to the system.