The foreign substance issue is going to be highly debated over the next couple of months. With the sudden crackdown by MLB on the growing problem coming to a head this week, players have responded in different ways. Some seem unbothered while others have been very vocal with how the whole thing has played out.
We’ve already seen the Rays’ Tyler Glasnow blast MLB for rolling the change out without warning. Glasnow suffered a tear in his UCL that could very well end his season, and he believes the foreign substance change played a role.
Now we get to hear another view from White Sox pitcher Carlos Rodón. In an interview on Tuesday just after the news of the memo broke out, Rodón went after MLB commissioner Rob Manfred. He took a different route though, comparing it to how he handled the Astros cheating scandal.
It’s hard to see this when you’re giving out 10-game suspensions for cheating but you give the Astros no suspensions at all. So if Rob Manfred can look at himself in the mirror and say, ‘Hey, I’m doing the right thing,’ that’s fine. You can’t suspend the team you actually knew was cheating during a playoff game, that’s on you.
He’s got a point that very few across MLB would argue with, aside from the Astros. Houston received at worst a slap on the wrist for a scandal that resulted in them winning the 2017 World Series. There were obviously suspensions that led to firings, but not much more than that.
The biggest complaint so far seems to be the way the new rules were ruled out. MLB might be in some trouble, and it does NOT bode well for the upcoming labor negotiations. Hold on tight baseball fans, it could get very bumpy.