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Dodgers: The Truth About MLB’s Foreign Substance Crackdown, Max Muncy Talks How it Will Change Baseball



In just a week since MLB informed teams it would be cracking down on pitchers using foreign substances to gain a competitive advantage over hitters, we’ve already seen dramatic dips in spin rates across the league. We discuss if the MLB’s crackdown will help or hurt the Dodgers and if enforcing the rules will solve the league’s problems with historically inept offenses. Plus, Max Muncy on how big of an impact the MLB crackdown on sticky stuff will have on hitters.

Next, we Yankees pitcher Gerrit Cole’s comments on players using foreign substances and why his comments prove that MLB is as much to blame as the players.

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  1. Pitchers’ use of foreign substances to improve their pitching is cheating, pure and simple. And it must be stopped, even if the practice is helping one or more of our guys. Even if stopping it means one or more of our guys needs to serve a suspension or be banned from the game. Cheating is bad, and cheaters should be exposed and punished.

    Will cracking down on it help or hurt the Dodgers? I guess that depends on who we are talking about. It would absolutely hurt us immensely to lose Trevor Bauer this season, but I think we could probably survive without Mike Kickham. Regardless of that answer, with a World Championship stolen from us just three seasons back by cheaters we should all be more sensitive than other fans on this topic. I love Bauer, but if he were found to be cheating, I would say he should be kicked out of the game. A crackdown like that would obviously be devastating to us in the short term. But I like to think that we have the best team and the best and deepest talent, enough so that we would win anyway on a level playing field.

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