Trevor Bauer Game Balls: In late March Major League Baseball issued a statement to all teams regarding the doctoring of baseballs with substances by pitchers.
The MLB made it very clear they are going to be very strict about this and will do whatever takes to make sure these pitchers aren’t cheating.
The point of the MLB doing this is to stop the use of substances like pine tar, to increase the balls spin rate which leads to more velocity and movement.
Only a week into the season we already have reports of pitchers using a foreign substance. Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer and his baseballs are being inspected by the league after his start last Thursday against the Oakland A’s.
The umpires took the balls Bauer used during the game because they had visible markings that were sticky. If the baseballs do have a foreign substance the league will then have to find a way to prove Bauer is the one responsible for it.
Bauer decided to call out the media and MLB after they reported his baseballs were sticky. Bauer took to Twitter responding to a story by The Athletic that said the umpires took several balls from the game once they were told they had a sticky substance on it.
The Athletic did not say who let the umpires know but it did touch on how the MLB assigned monitors to each organization to check for cheating. Bauer called the reporters “gossip bloggers” and ranted at the MLB for leaking the info.
Bauer for years has been on the opposite side of this situation. He has said for years on Twitter and in the clubhouse that pitchers who use pine tar and other substances get an unfair advantage by increasing their spin rate.
Bauer basically accused the Astros of cheating in this way. The next time Bauer pitched his spin rates went up significantly and after the game, he said he had no comment which wasn’t normal for the talkative pitcher.
Trevor Bauer had been skeptical of the new MLB plans the day the statement came out posing the possibility of the sticky substance coming from another fielder’s glove.
Bauer said on YouTube: “My question is: If I throw a pitch and it gets thrown out (of play) and tested and then have a foreign substance on it, how do they know that it came from me and not from the catcher’s glove or from the third baseman’s glove?” he asked.
“Or on a foul ball, what if it happened to hit the handle of a bat where a hitter has pine tar or whatever other substance he wants, which is completely legal so long as it doesn’t go too far up the bat?
How are they going to tell that that was me and fault me for using a foreign substance when it could have come from any host of other places that are all legal?”
Trevor also had this to add about what the MLB would actually do if they found a player guilty of cheating. “My prediction: Nothing changes. You’re not going to see anyone getting ejected or fined or suspended or anything like that.
Maybe a couple of people in really glaring cases to try to send a message, but my prediction, (MLB is) just pandering to the public perception that ‘Hey, we’re solving this issue when they really don’t care to solve it one way or the other for competitive integrity reasons,” he said.
“Now, they do care to solve it for getting more balls put in play and making the game more interesting or whatever the case is. But I don’t think they really care about the competitive integrity,” he added.