Mets pitching coach Dave Eiland is concerned that new rules regarding mound visit limitations could impact the way players determine signs on the field.
"I am not worried about pitching coach mound visits," Eiland said Tuesday, according to the New York Post. "I am not too concerned about that because if I am going out there six times we are in bad shape that night. It's more the catcher."
The new rules would give umpires the right to allow catchers to work out signs if a team has already made six mound visits, but Eiland still sees possible issues arising.
"The catcher gets crossed up, what happens if the umpire gets hit, he's going to have to shake it off," Eiland said. "Passed balls - sloppier game. That takes away from being Major League Baseball."
Eiland said sometimes signs would be changed in the middle of an at-bat with runners on second base, but now that could change.
"We are going to have to do a better job of changing signs within the inning and without being able to verbalize it," Eiland said. "But it is going to get sloppy."