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Pitchers break the law, folks. Some do it in the accepted “it’s only five miles over the limit, officer,” way. Some have big enough names that they can get away with it even when it’s plain for all to see – Cliff Lee’s hat, anyone?
So, rosin is ok, right? And sunscreen presumably is ok to use?
On Sunday, Lee was asked if he's ever been accused by anyone of such a crime or if an umpire has ever questioned him about the rosin residue on the bill of his cap. Lee smiled.
"It definitely makes me way better. I know that much. Without that hat, I don't know if I could do it. I don't know," Lee said, definitely with tongue planted in check. "It's rosin is what it is. I go to the rosin bag quite a bit. I touch my hat in the same place over and over. And it just accumulates."
Then Lee returned to tongue-in-cheek mode.
"I couldn't pitch without it, for sure," Lee said.
Eso: fair enough.
Then, with fingers loaded, he coupled them with his thumb, messaged the pairing, licked the remainder, and took hold of the ball.
That's some evocative writing, right there.
Neither is okay at all. Only MLB approved rosin (from the bag behind the mound) can be used, not a "rosin" that someone brings in from off the field. And sunscreen is a no-no. As Hayhurst pointed out (and he wrote a chapter on doctoring the ball in one of his books), when you mix sunscreen, rosin, and water you end up with a substance akin to Fixodent in terms of altering the trajectory of the ball.
Are all players are not allowed to wear sunscreen, or just the pitcher? I had no idea that was a rule, guess I never thought about it.
I think he meant sunscreen is a no-no in terms of putting it on your hands and/or baseball...
when do you hit the not ok point?
TONS of pitchers bounce the rosin bag on their arm and end up with a spot ther e that they can go to on the mound. That doesn't make it a foreign substance and that doesn't make it cheating. This is a complete non-story. Also if you actually watch the FULL footage, after every time he messes with the rosin, he rubs his hand off on his pant leg.
17: I hope Eck tries to escalate this further with Hayhurst. He's bringing a spoon to a gunfight if he wants to get into a war of words with someone as articulate as a best-selling author. It should be plenty entertaining. He should probably focus more on Jack Morris if he wants a level playing field of idiotic rapport.
Also if you actually watch the FULL footage, after every time he messes with the rosin, he rubs his hand off on his pant leg.
In my opinion, most pitchers use something, so the goal of enforcement should be to try and keep it from being blatant. This situation was bordering on blatant. He just needs to tone it down.
Once again, I encourage anyone interested to listen to Orel Hershiser's take. It is spot on.
I see a lot of people talking about it on video, but haven't found the video of him doing it.
Hayhurst's response is both devastating and measured.
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