The biggest story in Major League Baseball Tuesday was Major League Baseball officially cracking down on pitchers who are using foreign substances. Under the guidelines, any pitcher that is found to be in violation of the rule will be ejected from the game and will receive an automatic suspension. Also, starting pitchers will have more than one mandatory check and relievers will be checked at the end of the inning when they entered or when they are taken out depending on whichever happens first. Now it remains to be seen how it is enforced and what effect it has on the games going forward. There have been reports in recent days of spin rates already declining with the league preparing to crack down.
Braves manager Brian Snitker was asked about the rule change prior to Tuesday’s game and wasn’t sure what the effect would be. “I think it remains to be seen honestly,” Snitker said.
One of the wrinkles of the rule is that if a player is suspended, then that club won’t be allowed to replace him on the roster. That could serve as a major deterrent.
“They’re obviously serious about what they’re doing,” Snitker said of not being able to replace a suspended player. “It will affect a club if they have a player that is suspended. If you can’t replace them, and you lose them for that long. It’s a big deal.”
At the end of the day, it remains to be seen how the rule will be enforced and what the effect will be. While a number of players have already voiced their displeasure (more below), some seem to be waiting to see what happens.
“You see the elevated spin rates that everybody writes about,” Snitker said. “It’ll be interesting to see if they go down.”
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Chipper Jones weighed in on the foreign substance crackdown telling MLB.com’s Mark Bowman that pitchers are going to have to adjust.
“People always used rosin and a little bit of spit,” Jones said. “That should be enough to give you enough of a grip to be able to control the baseball. But I think we’re all seeing the ball do some things we’re not used to. When you up the spin rates on both the fastballs and the breaking balls, all it’s going to do is crazy stuff.
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- Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow was diagnosed with a partially torn UCL and a flexor strain. He was placed on the 10-day injured list Tuesday and will attempt to rehab from the injury without undergoing Tommy John surgery. Glasnow was not happy with MLB’s mid-season crackdown on foreign substances and blamed the new guidelines for his injury.
"I truly believe that's why I got hurt," Tyler Glasnow.— Bally Sports Florida & Bally Sports Sun (@BallySportsFL) June 15, 2021
Glasnow expressed his frustration with the new MLB guidelines released today that banned foreign substances on the ball saying that pitchers need to be able to have some sort of grip on the ball. #RaysUp #MLB pic.twitter.com/ys7EKNVw0E
- Baseball Reference announced Tuesday that they have launched expanded coverage of the Negro Leagues and historical Black major league players.
- The Washington Nationals placed Max Scherzer on the 10-day injured list Tuesday with a groin injury. Scherzer exited after just 12 pitches in his last start against the Giants.
- The Chicago White Sox will be without second baseman Nick Madrigal for the reminder of the season. Madrigal underwent surgery to repair the proximal tendon tears in his right hamstring Tuesday. They expect him to be ready to go for Spring Training in 2022.
- Marlins outfielder Corey Dickerson is headed to the injured list per manager Don Mattingly who didn’t elaborate but said that Dickerson had an MRI and the results weren’t promising.
- The Oakland A’s exercised the club option on manager Bob Melvin’s contract for the 2022 season Tuesday. Melvin has an 808-715 record since being named as interim manager back in 2011.