The Astros cheating scandal that rocked the MLB and Dodgers’ fans is causing plenty of ripple effects. The latest of which is a massive crackdown on the daily processes of baseball operations.
Baseball is ready to get things cleaned up and get the games to be decided on the field. The latest attempt at a league-wide crackdown includes several sweeping changes. Any non-uniformed personnel are going to be barred from entering the clubhouse and video rooms. Live video feeds will also have to be turned off with the exception of replay monitors which are of course, necessary.
There is also a desire to get better at catching pitchers using foreign substances on baseballs, though it’s unclear how that would happen. All of these new rules are under the threat of suspensions or even removal from the league.
The rules have not yet been put into place as the league still needs to work with the players association. Special assistant to the MLB commissioner Joe Torre and Senior Vice President Chris Young are in Arizona and Florida this week to prepare teams for changes.
“We’re not as far apart with the players association as you might think. Joe Maddon said it best: we need to return the game to being decided on the field rather than what’s going on behind it.”- Chris Young
Part of the new plans would include much more MLB security to keep track of personnel coming in and out of the restricted areas.
“Joe looked right at me and my manager,” said one GM after Torre addressed his staff, “and said, ‘If your team does not comply, you’re gone, and you’re gone.'” -Anonymous General Manager
In regards to the foreign substance crackdown, it likely stems from Trevor Bauer saying that the majority of pitchers in the league already use them. Bauer had a notorious beef with fellow UCLA teammate Gerrit Cole, and he accused most of the Astros pitching staff of cheating as well.
The rules are set to be in place by Opening Day, though there are still plenty of hurdles to overcome. From the looks of it though, Major League Baseball is very serious about keeping the game of baseball clean.