There's a practical reason why NFL coaches need wireless headsets, as they pace along the sideline it's a problem to be tethered by a cord. Now Motorola, which supplies the NFL gear, is promoting the fact that they'll do the same for baseball by giving push-to-talk phones to the Chicago Cubs as a replacement for the current system of communication between the dugout and the bullpen. But while the NFL arrangement actually has some value, this is a completely pointless technology for baseball; it accomplishes nothing that the current communication system can't handle. There's a reason that baseball hasn't already adopted this technology, given that it's been available for years. It's plainly a Motorola publicity stunt, made worse by the fact that representatives from the Hall of Fame will be in attendance at its inception, whereupon they'll bring the device to Cooperstown to be enshrined. There's probably some money involved for Major League Baseball, but it seems likely that they'll pay by cheapening their hallowed institutions.
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