Umpires remove ball for likely inspection in Trevor Bauer's start
Umps remove the ball for probable inspection in Bauer's start against A, which originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
Referees at the Athletics-Los Angeles Dodgers game on Wednesday reportedly removed a ball from the pitch after Trevor Bauer's first inning, allegedly for inspection.
A radio announcer Vince Cotroneo shared the news during the competition on Wednesday, which ended with a 4-3 win on Mitch Moreland's walk-off single.
Last but not least, the look of this situation is interesting. Bauer, the esteemed Dodgers Righty, has publicly challenged MLB and Commissioner Rob Manfred over the years.
On March 24, MLB reportedly released a memo to enforce the ban on foreign substances in baseball balls.
A day later, Bauer shared a YouTube video expressing his dissatisfaction with the league's memo. The three-part memo is lengthy, but Bauer specifically discussed the idea that balls would be regularly removed for inspection by the league during the 2021 season.
"It's just illegal for pitchers to have 'foreign substance' in their person, body, or whatever," Bauer said. "As you've seen, it's not illegal for a catcher or his chest protector. It's not illegal for a third baseman to have it on his glove, or for a midfielder to have it on his glove - as far as I know, there might be a rule change or a language - as far as I know the rules of baseball It's legal for these guys to have things on their glove.
"My question is, if I throw a field and it is thrown away and then tested and it has a foreign substance on it, how do you know it was mine and not the catcher's glove or the third baseman's glove? Or a foul ball "What happens if he hits the handle of a club where a batsman has pine tar or some other substance he wants, which is perfectly legal as long as it's not too high in the club."
After the game, A manager Bob Melvin was unable to confirm whether the ball was inspected but provided further insight into the league's decision to monitor the balls this season.
"This year they are watching baseballs, maybe to take stock and do something consistent on the substance," Melvin said.
Here, too, the look is interesting.
Bauer was so open-minded and his spin rate was a big point of speculation last year as it soared to insane levels during his Cy Young 2020 campaign with the Reds.
Ball inspections may have taken place at A's games several times this year, but no one tweeted about it as Bauer wasn't on the hill.
Baseball is full of unwritten rules.
One of them: Each team's pitching team is likely to handle the ball a bit. But no manager wants to call the other team because his boys do too. See no evil, hear no evil deals.
But with the rule change, baseball fans may get used to seeing something this year.
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It is worth monitoring whether something comes from the possible ball inspection. Bauer should not be involved in any wrongdoing. It's worth noting, however, that retrospective discipline was another topic of conversation for Bauer.
“You will be able to go back after the game, and if you tested positive - or if your baseball tested positive for a foreign substance - they will be able to suspend you or discipline you or whatever that might be the case “, Said Bauer in the video. "I have a problem with that."
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