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My bet would be that the military phrase came first and that it slowly seeped into baseball language -- especially if baseball was using "command" first, and then started adding "control". If I had to guess, I'd say the phrase gained traction in military circle in the 1980s.
If this is right it's a new twist on my pet peeve about the way the military has become so tied up in baseball.