MLB To ‘Crack Down’ On Foreign Substances Used By Pitchers

Major League Baseball is now cracking down on foreign substances used by pitchers to increase spin rate. Rather than worry about pitchers like D-Backs Zac Gallon getting hurt because there’s no universal DH in place, commissioner Manfred is focused on pine tar regulations.

Figures.

It’s probably best to address “Compliance officers”:

Anytime a workplace hires employees to spy on other workers, it’s a bad idea. It should be common sense that baseball doesn’t have a spin-rate problem, but Manfred seems to have missed that memo. What’s worse is that these new rules won’t actually improve the game. In fact, they’ll probably just make baseball more dangerous than it already is.

Why would we want pitchers to have less control of the ball while they’re hurling fastballs upwards of 100 mph? If anything, giving flame-throwers less understanding of where their pitches go is dangerous for hitters. And when was the last time a real fan of baseball left a ballpark complaining about a pitcher’s slider moving “too much”?

It doesn’t happen. Ever.

Here’s the real reason they’re doing this

Rob Manfred wants to find ways to help hitters put the ball in play by taking away at least part of “why” pitches move as much as they do in today’s game. There are a million reasons for pitcher dominance that have led to the whole “strikeout or home run” era. So taking away control and spin will hardly help.

Velocity is mostly the reason for a lack of contact, and that should be universally recognized across baseball. What’s going to happen is hard-throwing pitchers will now have a tougher time locating. And with increased velocity, all we’ll see are walks and a lot of accidental misfires. A bunch of 100 mile-an-hour arms chucking pitchers over the heads of Mike Trout and Fernando Tatis Jr. because the commissioner wants to see fewer strikeouts.

If it doesn’t worry you that pitchers are zinging by the heads of future Hall of Famers more often–nothing will. Manfred’s move won’t work, and it’s only a matter of time before we look back and laugh at today’s memo.

Written by Gary Sheffield, Jr

Gary Sheffield Jr is the son of should-be MLB Hall of Famer, Gary Sheffield. He covers basketball and baseball for OutKick.com, chats with the Purple and Gold faithful on LakersNation, and shitposts on Twitter. You can follow him at GarySheffieldJr

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