PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — In the aftermath of one of the biggest scandals in the history of baseball, the sport is asking itself: What can it do to prevent players and teams from cheating like the Astros did?
That debate came to Mets camp Wednesday in the form of a visit from the Major League Baseball Players Association. Union bosses, including executive director Tony Clark, met with Mets players for about 90 minutes before their workout, and by the end of it all corners of the clubhouse seemed to share a sentiment: roll back some — but not too much — of the in-game technology available to players.
The 2017 Astros used a live feed of opposing catchers calling pitches to communicate to their batter at the plate was coming next. The easy fix, in the opinion of Michael Conforto, the Mets’ union representative, is to limit access to live feeds to a team’s video replay coordinator (who is responsible for telling the manager when he should challenge a call).
“The attitude became unified by the end,” Conforto said. “We don’t want to go back too…