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Saturday, May 25, 2013

SI: Alex Sanabia : I didn’t know spitter was against rules

We have an early leader for “least plausible excuse of 2013.”

Miami Marlins pitcher Alex Sanabia says he didn’t know it was illegal to spit on the ball, the way he did Monday against the Philadelphia Phillies.

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   1. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: May 25, 2013 at 07:11 AM (#4451909)
   2. Rob_Wood Posted: May 25, 2013 at 07:49 AM (#4451915)

Cue George Costanza and the cleaning lady ... Michael Jackson and the dangling baby ...
   3. SoSH U at work Posted: May 25, 2013 at 10:58 AM (#4451948)
While it is against the rules, it's actually a reasonable question. Despite the name, spit is the only substance a pitcher can legally apply to the baseball. Now, one can't do it by directly expectorating on the ball, or while on the mound (unless in cold weather), but pitchers repeatedly and legally lick their fingers while off the mound and then rub that substance onto the baseball. It's not unreasonable to wonder why reversing the process (spitting on the ball, then rubbing it in with the fingers) is verboten.
   4. #6bid is partially elite Posted: May 25, 2013 at 11:23 AM (#4451952)
Did the umpires know?
   5. Barnaby Jones Posted: May 25, 2013 at 11:39 AM (#4451957)
pitchers repeatedly and legally lick their fingers while off the mound and then rub that substance onto the baseball.


I thought the rule was you can't go mouth to ball. If you lick your fingers, you gotta wipe.
   6. SoSH U at work Posted: May 25, 2013 at 11:58 AM (#4451966)
I thought the rule was you can't go mouth to ball. If you lick your fingers, you gotta wipe.


You must at least pretend to wipe your fingers off before you step on the mound, yes.
   7. Dale Sams Posted: May 25, 2013 at 11:59 AM (#4451967)
   8. Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: May 25, 2013 at 12:06 PM (#4451970)
I thought the rule was you can't go mouth to ball.

Same BS my date last night told me.
   9. #6bid is partially elite Posted: May 25, 2013 at 12:15 PM (#4451977)
#2: Krusty the Clown and betting on sporting events ...
   10. Sunday silence Posted: May 25, 2013 at 02:06 PM (#4452026)
First of all he made no effort to hide what he was doing so he's sort of believable.

Second: Why the hell was he not contacted by MLB on this?
   11. zenbitz Posted: May 25, 2013 at 05:12 PM (#4452146)
"I forgot armed robbery is illegal in this state".

Oh, I bet that's what @7 is.
   12. Walt Davis Posted: May 25, 2013 at 06:21 PM (#4452180)
Easy to understand the confusion. "Hold on. So it's perfectly OK for me to take sunscreen from my arm and some rosin and load up but spitting on the ball is a no-no? What a country!"

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