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No stealing signs in this numbers game

Hard-core baseball traditionalist Tim Keown has warmed up to a new form of signal calling. Tim Keown

Originally Published: March 3, 2009
By Tim Keown | Page 2

I'm a fierce traditionalist when it comes to baseball. I don't like the DH, I'm not a fan of the wild-card playoff format -- I even had a hard time adjusting to umpires' working in both leagues.

So why do I suddenly think it makes perfect sense for a third-base coach to bark out numbers instead of using signs? I'm not really sure, but I admit I'm having trouble with the whole wristband thing. I can probably get used to that, too, but it might take some time.

To back up, I went to ...

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