Yan Gomes used PitchCom to troll Justin Steele during a start
PitchCom has become a regular topic of discussion around Major League Baseball this season.
It’s another area where the league is utilizing technology to move the game forward, reducing the ability for opposing teams to steal signs.
And if you’re Yan Gomes, it’s an opportunity to joke around with your pitcher.
Justin Steele — who gets the ball Wednesday for the series finale with the Nationals — joined the Marquee Sports Network broadcast Monday night and told Jon “Boog” Sciambi and Ron Coomer the hilarious story.
Earlier in the season, Gomes was catching during one of Steele’s starts and called for a changeup. But Steele’s pitch was way high and Gomes decided to have some fun with PitchCom.
There’s a button that the catcher can push that just says “cancel” and immediately after the pitch, Gomes kept hitting that button.
“It was the first time I threw the changeup that game and it was a pushed one, just a non-competitive pitch,” Steele said. “He’s just ‘cancel, cancel.’ Let’s not throw that one again.”
The best part isn’t even that Steele can hear it. Both middle infielders are equipped with a receiver for PitchCom as well, so they can hear each call. So Nico Hoerner and the Cubs’ second baseman that day kept hearing the “cancel, cancel, cancel” ring out through their device.
“Nico loves that kind of stuff,” Steele said, laughing.
Catch the entire story in the video above (the story starts around the 5-minute mark).