MLB’s new foreign substance policy is officially in place. Just a few days into the new regulations, we’ve already seen a few guys that seem entirely fed up with the process. The Dodgers have yet to have an incident on the field with the checks, at least not one that drew any attention.
For the most part, Dodgers pitchers haven’t had much to say when asked about the checks so far. Clayton Kershaw did go on a bit of a rant about managers asking for checks after Joe Girardi did it on Tuesday. But aside from that, it seems like it hasn’t bothered them at all.
But Blake Treinen sounds like he has his doubts about the new rule. The Dodgers reliever didn’t seem like he believed the league was truly looking for anything, questioning if it was just a facade. But he also brought up a good point that not many had thought of.
The only thing I really don’t like is it makes every pitcher that comes onto the mound kind of look like a guilty culprit until proven innocent. We all look like a bunch of cheaters in the public eyes. That’s not really fair to the majority of pitchers out there.
It is odd to see big league pitchers constantly checked in the eyes of the public between innings. It gets a little weirder when umpires ask pitchers to remove their belts so that they can check those. Former Dodgers reliever Sergio Romo took it to another level when he almost pulled down his pants this week during a check.
The good news for Treinen is that most fans know by now that the rules are in place. It’s going to take a while to get used to umpires checking, but most know that being checked doesn’t mean umpires suspect they are cheating.
What a weird world we live in.