Main League Baseball introduced final month that it plans to crack down on pitchers doctoring baseballs. Now, one of many recreation’s highest-profile pitchers, Dodgers right-hander Trevor Bauer, is beneath the league’s microscope, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic studies.
Bauer began in opposition to the Athletics on Wednesday, when he yielded two earned runs on 10 strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings. The umpires from that recreation have since collected a number of “suspicious baseballs” that Bauer threw, in accordance with Rosenthal, who writes that they “had seen markings and have been sticky.” As Rosenthal notes, although, the league may not be capable of show whether or not it was Bauer who doctored the ball, so it’s unclear whether or not it’ll self-discipline him.
In fact, the truth that the league’s Bauer is very intriguing when contemplating a few of the previous feedback the outspoken 30-year-old has made in regard to potential dishonest. He accused Astros pitchers of utilizing unlawful means in 2018 in an effort to extend their spin charge, and he then known as the crew “hypocrites” and “cheaters” final 12 months.
Bauer had a profession marketing campaign in 2020 as a member of the Reds, with whom he received the Nationwide Cy Younger, earlier than signing a three-year, $102M assure with the Dodgers in free company. The returns thus far have been promising, as Bauer has posted 20 strikeouts in opposition to three walks whereas giving up six runs on six hits in 13 innings, however this newest improvement is unwelcome for him and the Dodgers.