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Couch: Cubs’ No-Hitter Suggests Sticky Stuff May Not Be The Problem After All

Let’s call this Revenge of the Pitchers. Earlier this week, baseball pitchers were throwing a tantrum over the idea that they were all cheating. I mean, they were, in fact, all cheating by putting sticky stuff on the ball. They don’t seem to deny that. But the indignity of having umpires check their gloves, hats and belts set them off anyway. So Oakland A’s pitcher Sergio Romo dropped his pants in anger when an ump checked him. You think I’m hiding something? Go ahead and check! A bench-clearing fight nearly broke out when Philadelphia manager Joe Girardi accused Washington pitcher Max Scherzer of going to his hair to possibly put sticky stuff on the ball. Well, the pitchers got their best revenge Thursday night in Los Angeles: The Chicago Cubs, using four pitchers, threw a no-hitter against the Dodgers. Revenge is so sweet. Batters simply cannot hit pitchers this year, and there threatens to be a league-wide record low batting average and high strikeout rate. That means a baseball game is now three long hours of nothing happening. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, in panic mode, put an end to that by cracking down on the cheating pitchers and instituting strip […]



Written by Greg Couch

Greg earned the 2007 Peter Lisagor Award as the best sports columnist in the Chicagoland area for his work with the Chicago Sun-Times, where he started as a college football writer in 1997 before becoming a general columnist in 2003. He also won a Lisagor in 2016 for his commentary in and The Guardian.

Couch penned articles and columns for Report, AOL Fanhouse, and The Sporting News and contributed as a writer and on-air analyst for and Fox Sports 1 TV. In his journalistic roles, Couch has covered the grandest stages of tennis from Wimbledon to the Olympics, among numerous national and international sporting spectacles. He also won first place awards from the U.S. Tennis Writers Association for his event coverage and column writing on the sport in 2010.