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MLB News: More Information Released on League’s Plan for Foreign Substance Crackdown

The change is coming, and it’s going to be huge.



The MLB crackdown on pitchers using foreign substances is coming. Like it or not, the league has decided to take it seriously and deal with pitchers who continue to break the rules. And now, we’re starting to get a more clear picture of what that might look like. 

The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal came out with more details of MLB’s impending crackdown. The initial reported procedures set to be put in place by the league would consist of required checks every game by security agents. These officials are already used to monitor the video replay rooms after the Houston Astros cheating scandal broke. 

More details seem to suggest that instead it would be strictly held to umpires, as players could use substances after their checks. MLB will require starting pitchers to be checked at least twice a game and relievers will be checked at least once.

MLB will also require that checks are done as pitchers come off of the mound between innings. It will also happen when pitchers come out of the game to be relieved. Umpires have the right to check whenever if they suspect a pitcher is using something and can check any part of their uniform.

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Pitchers found with substances will be ejected and their equipment or uniform will be given to the on-site MLB authenticator. These would presumably go back to the league in support of the ensuing suspension. Umpires are also allowed o check position players. 

According to Rosenthal, there are still no firm plans for MLB to implement these procedures. But he does note that they would like to give pitchers and teams enough time to adjust and figure it out within their organizations.

Change is coming. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. According to Rosenthal, there are still no firm plans for MLB to implement these procedures. But he does note that they would like to give pitchers and teams enough time to adjust and figure it out within their organizations.

    In other words, this is what we’ll be doing to catch you but we’re giving you a heads up and enough time to figure out a work-around to continue what you might be doing but looks like we actually give a damn.

    This is essentially telling the criminal when the police are showing up and their plan to catch them.

  2. The guy who benefitted most [bauer] couldn’t keep his mouth shut, if he did, we wouldn’t even be talking about this. And if batters can use substances to grip the bat, why can’t pitchers use them to grip the ball? Seems incompatible.

  3. Sticky Fingers Bauer will go from mediocre to elite and back to mediocre with elite money.Way to go Friedman!

  4. Early on, there was speculation that substances like rosin and suntan lotion would not be banned. How would an umpire be able to tell the difference between banned and non-banned stuff?
    How about if everything other than rosin is banned? Would we see a level playing field where today’s elite pitchers are only moderately effective? Does anyone think fans are going to enjoy watching their teams pitchers fail; how is that better than what we are witnessing now? It’s not, it’s just as frustrating to watch in a different way.
    I vote for dumping Manfred and playing with the same ball Mantle, Mays and Snyder hit; roughened but unadorned with anything sticky.

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