The baseball season is barely a week old, but the questions of cheating have been tackled in recent years by problems that have already come to the fore. Athletic reported Thursday that Major League Baseball is looking at the baseball used by Trevor Boyer in his debut for the Los Angeles Dodgers against the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday. The article cited anonymous sources who said the balls were sticky and had clear marks on them.
Bauer, 2020 National League Cy Young Award winner, Responded sarcastically to the report on his Twitter account. He also said that many sports were being collected from baseball, not just from them.
The retrieval of balls is part of a new policy that the MLB has instituted this year to examine the balls of every game along with statistical data on spin rates to determine if pitchers are putting illegal substances on the balls, according to the rules. Adverse. of the game. Although this policy is in its early stages, findings of illegal substances may result in fines or suspensions for players and club employees, including officials, who assisted in any wrongdoing.
MLB did not comment on any reports. But in March it sent a memo to all teams stating that it would use on-site staff members and testers of equipment in the clubhouse, tunnels and dugout areas to investigate foreign substances and maintain a tight range of evidence. Will use To do. It also said that for the first time it would use Statcast spin-rate data to determine unusual upticks for individual pitchers.
For more than 100 years, since spitball and other so-called freak deliveries were announced in 1920, various worn-out materials on baseball were used to throw the ball harder to the pitch and increase movement through increased spin. The pitcher has used Clandestine tools to move. It is generally accepted that the more spin, the better for the pitcher, with both fastball and breaking ball.
Many believe that this practice is still widespread during the game. Some of the urges are a matter of safety, to avoid slippery balls flying out of the pitchers’ control and hitting the batsmen.
Another way to increase the spin rate is to cut the ball, or release it at a slight angle.
Bauer has publicly reduced the use of illegal substances to increase spin rates. Three years ago, he said he participated in laboratory experiments that determined that pine tar on the surface of a baseball could improve spin rates from 300 to 400 revolutions per minute. He said at the time that as much as he had attempted, he was unable to find any other way to achieve that kind of drastic growth.
In 2018, when Boer pitched for Cleveland, he created a storm when he appeared to emphasize his account The Houston Astros were receiving pitches and improving their performance The balls from being a doctor, which the Astros reject. (This was before the revelation that Houston batsmen had illegally stolen signs a year earlier.)
Bauer compared the use of foreign substances to baseball-based steroids, and argued that either all pitchers should be allowed to use the same substance on the ball, or that the rules should be enforced.
“If you just look the other way and you let some people do it, the people who have decided not to do it are at a competitive disadvantage.”
There have been many times when Bauer almost appears on the field making his plea, proving his point by raising curiosity in his own spin rate. According to FanGraphs, Bauer’s normal spin rate on his fastball is about 2,250 rpm, which aligns with the league average. But in the first innings of his debut on April 30, 2018 – a day before his Twitter post that appeared to be trolling the Astros – his spin rate increased to 300 rpm in the first inning, then returned to his normal rate.
During September 2019, according to FanGraphs, Bauer’s spin rate steadily increased and the process continued into 2020.
After MLB announced its new policy, Bauer questioned how it could be proved that a substance on the ball came directly from a pitcher, not including another player.