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Trevor Bauer Has Ball Removed From Game, Defends Himself Against Allegations

It took umpires just one inning to become suspicious about a ball used by Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer during Wednesday’s 4-3 loss to the Athletics.

As relayed by NBC Sports Bay Area, umpires removed the ball for the purpose of inspection. The news was first mentioned by A’s radio voice Vince Cotroneo.

Bauer was the prize pitcher in free agency and has been one of MLB’s most outspoken players recently. He has publicly challenged commissioner Rob Manfred repeatedly over the years.

Wednesday’s move came less than a month after the league released a memo to remind everyone of banned substances on baseballs.

A day later, Bauer more or less ripped the memo.

“It’s only illegal for pitchers to have ‘foreign substance’ on their person, their body or whatever,” Bauer said in a YouTube Video. “It’s not illegal for a catcher or his chest protector, as you’ve seen. It’s not illegal for a third baseman to have it on his glove or a center fielder to have it on his glove — so far as I know, maybe there’s a rule change or some language — as far as I know the rules of baseball, it is legal for those guys to have stuff on their glove.

“My question is, if I throw a pitch and it gets thrown out and then gets tested and has a foreign substance on it, how do they know it came from me and not from the catcher’s glove or the third baseman’s glove? Or on a foul ball, what if it happened to hit the handle of a bat where a hitter has pine tar or whatever other substance he wants, which is completely legal so long as it doesn’t too far up the bat?”

It’s still too early to say what will come of this. But Bauer’s constant bickering with the league office isn’t likely to help him.

“They’re going to, after the game, be able to go back and if you tested positive  — or if your baseball tested positive for a foreign substance — they’re going to be able to suspend you or discipline you or whatever the case may be,” Bauer said in the video. “I have a problem with that.”

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.

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  1. Those with the gold make the rules. Those with the gold ignore the rules. It is only a rule if those with the gold say it is a rule. As far as the legal litigation goes in sports, it is squeezing the fun out of the game. Everybody thinks they are a lawyer. It’s a game folks. Instant replay has just about ruined all sports. Some games are slow moving and become tedious with over examination. Some games like football and basketball are momentum driven. The stoppage for tedious over examination is a death blow to professional sport. It is a game. It used to be fun. Now politics have overridden all facets of our life. As a society we have squeezed all the joy out of our recreation activities. I think I am done with sports, particularly so called professional sports. The product is not what it used to be and will never return. I drove my Chevy to the levy, but the levy was dry. America Matters.

  2. Not watching MLB anymore, but Bauer is 100% correct. Unless they can prove he had done anything to the ball, how can he be punished?

    Had a catcher that showed me how they could cut a ball with his shin guard in his motion to throw ball back to the pitcher.

  3. Bauer has basically said what was going on pretty publicly (RPM increase in fastballs has to be from a sticky substance)…but MLB didn’t do any investigation into it. So it wouldn’t surprise me if he just did it anyway too.

    Sidenote…reading that headline for the first time made it sound what happened to Bauer was pretty painful.

  4. “My question is, if I throw a pitch and it gets thrown out and then gets tested and has a foreign substance on it, how do they know it came from me and not from the catcher’s glove or the third baseman’s glove? Or on a foul ball, what if it happened to hit the handle of a bat where a hitter has pine tar or whatever other substance he wants, which is completely legal so long as it doesn’t too far up the bat?”

    MLB is too incompetent to have thought of that beforehand. I’m not even kidding. I’m convinced that’s the case.

  5. Anytime I hear someone start in with these quibbling‘s of edge case scenarios it raises my suspicion even more that they are doing something wrong or having a teammate do something wrong for them. Bauer’s big mouth is going to get him in big trouble pretty soon. I wish he’d spend more time arguing about things not about himself that actually matter like Scherzer.

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