Los Angeles Dodgers starter Trevor Bauer is nothing if not an iconoclast, and in response to MLB’s latest attempts to curb their foreign substance problem by going all the way in, he unveiled a new trick on live television.
Needless to say (and stop us if you’ve heard this one before), but Bauer doesn’t think the situation was handled correctly.
Though the righty has long been outspoken about the need for intervention and the creation of a level playing field, winking at his own spin rate increase in an attempt to attract attention to the phenomenon, the discourse hit a new level on Tuesday night.
In MLB’s latest decree, not only would adhesive substances that go beyond the pale like Spider Tack be unavailable, but so would sunscreen and rosin, a mixture as old as time.
In fact, Rays starter Tyler Glasnow cited its absence from his most recent starts as the primary reason behind his elbow injury.
Needless to say, such an abrupt action by MLB is no laughing matter, and Bauer attempted to how silly and strange the league’s borders are with a little experiment.
Dodgers starter Trevor Bauer brought his foreign substance magic trick to the live broadcast.
Yes, under MLB’s current policy — which has attempted to legislate everything out of the game — Bauer was still able to secure a baseball to his palm using tack. So was the line drawn in the right place? Should sunscreen be brought back if a player can do this with rosin alone? And how do we know who was using what?
Shouldn’t we just…make the baseballs tackier as a baseline anyway? Shouldn’t we potentially give pitchers time to adjust to reality instead of forcing someone like Glasnow to go cold turkey?
Tons of questions. Not many answers.
Bauer hopped on SportsNetLA during Tuesday’s pregame show broadcast to make his points, too, trolling Rob Manfred in front of a full-capacity Dodger Stadium crowd by showing off his manipulation skills.
Essentially, Bauer’s point is that umpires are flying blind in assessing who’s doing damage and who’s playing within the lines. He’s also frustrated that there’s no real appeals process for players who are “caught” and can’t produce a hand with the equivalent level of stickiness an hour or two later.
MLB has a lot of changes to make if they want to be taken seriously here — and oh, would you look at that! Here comes an offseason dominated by CBA talks and a potential lockout!
Hopefully, none of the nonsense sticks.