“It’s magic, isn’t it? » Meet PitchCom, the device created by two magicians to solve baseball’s sign-stealing problem – The Athletic

In Wrigley, you can find one of the men who may have solved baseball’s sign-stealing problem.

No, not at Friendly Confines, that gem of a ballpark tucked away on the north side of Chicago. He’s in a completely different Wrigley and in a completely different industry. His name is Craig Anthony and he is a mentalist who performs at the Wrigley Mansion in Phoenix.

But that’s just his stage name. The name on his driver’s license is Craig Filicetti, the same name that appears on his electrical engineering degree from Arizona State University and his MBA from the University of Phoenix. It is also the name by which he is known to the many magicians and performers for whom he has designed stage products through his company ProMystic. If you’ve used his creations, you’re probably a mentalist.

(Want to know what those creations are? Too bad. Magicians and mentalists don’t reveal their secrets, and the “Products” menu on the ProMystic website is password protected. If you’re a real mentalist, you should be able to guess this.)

But right now baseball players have access to something else he designed. It’s called PitchCom and it’s an electronic device meant to streamline receiver-pitcher communication. While it’s widely adopted — it’s already caught the attention of Major League Baseball — the days of finger signals to communicate pitches may be over. It will be the same, it follows, on the days when these panels are stolen.

The people who put them down won’t be people directly involved in the game, but rather two mentalists — Filicetti and his PitchCom co-founder John Hankins, a retired patent attorney turned interpreter.

Brian L. Hartfield