Is MLB's threat to police sticky stuff an effective deterrent for pitchers?
14 days ago - By TheScore
When asked if he'd ever used Spider Tack, which enhances grip and heavy-duty spin, New York Yankees ace Gerrit Cole paused for six full seconds before giving an awkward answer Tuesday. Last Thursday, Cole made a start a few hours after Major League Baseball announced it would crack down on the usage of sticky stuff by pitchers - ostensibly in an effort to address record-low batting averages and record-high strikeout totals. The announcement came a day after four minor-league pitchers were suspended for foreign substance use. MLB seemed to be firing warning shots in a sport desperate for...
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MLB foreign substance crack down: Six things to know about baseball's sticky situation
14 days ago - By CBSSports
Major League Baseball plans to enhance monitoring of foreign substance use by pitchers
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Hunter Renfroe Explains Hitters' Real Issue With Pitchers Using ‘Sticky Stuff'
14 days ago - By NESN
One thing that Hunter Renfroe and other MLB hitters have said consistently is that they're OK with pitchers using foreign substances to improve their grips on the baseball - to a point.
Yet while traditional substances like pine tar and rosin are within acceptable boundaries, certain newer substances are getting increased scrutiny as ever-rising pitch spin rates contribute to falling batting averages and skyrocketing strikeout totals. In a recent interview with NESN's Tom Caron and Lenny DiNardo on the “TC & Jerry Podcast,” Renfroe shared a story about his experience with...
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