Buckle up for the foreign substance debate across baseball for the foreseeable future. MLB is looking to crackdown and it could drastically change the way teams play their game. That includes the Dodgers.
It’s no secret that pitchers around the league use something to help them grip the baseballs better. There is no reason at this point to think that the Dodgers are NOT using something. Yes, it’s technically in the rulebook right now, but it’s so vague that it’s almost never enforced.
That’s the viewpoint that Dodgers manager Dave Roberts takes on it. When asked if he thinks that using the substances is cheating, Doc seemed to think that right now it’s not. When the rule is put in place and enforced, then it will be.
I don’t. I think that cheating is more when the rules are imposed or in place, and you break them. But I think that we’re getting to that point. And I think that, as I do understand it, players that do get caught using a foreign substance that’s not allowed by Major League Baseball will be deemed cheaters.
It’s tough to say that players are breaking rules when there is no clear definition of a foreign substance. Players have long used the rosin and sunscreen mixture that has been ignored entirely by teams and umpires. So the Dodgers manager has a point.
For the moment, it is a very blurred line. When MLB inevitably sets out its rules and regulations we might have a better understanding. What do you think? Are players cheating by using literally anything to enhance their grip?