Trevor Bauer just isn’t proud of how MLB is beginning to police overseas substances on baseballs.
The league just lately knowledgeable groups that it plans to crack down on pitchers who are doctoring baseballs.
Nevertheless, Bauer took situation with the league’s implementation of the method and acknowledged that the foundations are unclear for pitchers, managers and umpires alike.
“We’ve heard an entire bunch of stuff and it at all times adjustments daily,” Bauer mentioned, per Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Instances. “Nobody is aware of what the foundations are proper now, apparently, together with MLB and the commissioner, so it’d be good as gamers to know what guidelines we’re competing by and what guidelines are going to be enforced as a result of, as everybody is aware of, a rule that’s written down that’s by no means enforced just isn’t a rule.
“So it’d be good simply to have some readability on what the foundations of the sport are that we’re taking part in underneath so it’s modified about 4 occasions up to now week or so.”
To be clear, Bauer is not against the rule. He simply needs to ensure that every part is officiated pretty throughout the league. And he would not really feel just like the league has found out how to do this.
“I simply wish to compete on a good taking part in subject. I’ll say it once more,” Bauer mentioned. “That’s been the entire level this complete time. Let everybody compete on a good taking part in subject. So should you’re going to implement it then implement it. And should you’re not then cease sweeping it underneath the rug, which is what they’ve performed for 4 years now.
“So, I’d similar to to see everybody be capable to compete on a good taking part in subject so we will see who the very best gamers are and who the very best staff is, based on the given guidelines and the given enforcement of the foundations.”
Bauer definitely has some extent, as MLB has been, sometimes, sluggish to vary and adapt to the issues it faces. As such, the league is making an attempt to implement a procedural change midseason, and that’s inflicting confusion.
Issues will finally work themselves out, however because the crackdown commences, pitchers might even see a slight downtick in efficiency as their spin charges drop.
Although Bauer has denied doctoring baseballs with overseas substances up to now, he allowed a season-high 10 baserunners in opposition to the Braves and three earned runs in six innings of labor.
May that simply be a coincidence? Absolutely.
Nonetheless, that is going to be one thing to observe on a league-wide scale over the following few weeks. And among the league’s finest pitchers are going to expertise bumps within the street as umpires start to implement a rule that had lengthy been largely ignored.