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Wednesday, June 09, 2021

New York Yankees’ Gerrit Cole on whether he ever used Spider Tack while pitching: ‘I don’t quite know how to answer that’

Amid a Major League Baseball crackdown on pitcher-friendly foreign substances, New York Yankees ace Gerrit Cole struggled to give an answer when asked Tuesday whether he has ever used a particular sticky paste called Spider Tack while on the mound.

“I don’t [long pause] ... I don’t know ... I don’t quite know how to answer that, to be honest,” Cole said during his videoconference with reporters before the Yankees began a three-game series at Minnesota.

He then paused again before continuing, “There are customs and practices that have been passed down from older players to younger players, from the last generation of players to this generation of players, and I think there are some things that are certainly out of bounds in that regard.

“This is important to a lot of people who love the game, including the players in this room, including fans, including teams, so if MLB wants to legislate some more stuff, that’s a conversation that we can have. Because ultimately we should all be pulling in the same direction on this.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 09, 2021 at 09:53 AM | 65 comment(s)
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Monday, May 17, 2021

That was fast: Cole snaps week-old record

Gerrit Cole claimed a remarkable Major League record early in Monday’s start against the Rangers at Globe Life Field.

The Yankees’ ace ran his strikeout tally to 61 batters between walks, marking the longest single-season streak since the mound was moved to its current distance in 1893.

Cole equaled, then surpassed a mark of 58 strikeouts between walks that was set last Thursday by the Brewers’ Corbin Burnes. Cole struck out three in the first inning, tying Burnes with a punchout of Nate Lowe and then breaking the record by fanning Joey Gallo to end the frame.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 17, 2021 at 11:03 PM | 3 comment(s)
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Thursday, January 07, 2021

Fired Angels employee Bubba Harkins names Cole, others he says used his illegal product

The text message from then-Houston Astros star Gerrit Cole to former Angels visiting clubhouse manager Brian “Bubba” Harkins was sent Jan. 17, 2019, at 11:39 a.m.

“Hey Bubba, it’s Gerrit Cole, I was wondering if you could help me out with this sticky situation,” the pitcher wrote, adding a wink emoji. “We don’t see you until May, but we have some road games in April that are in cold weather places. The stuff I had last year seizes up when it gets cold.”

The exchange between Cole, now the New York Yankees ace, and Harkins, who was fired last March for providing illegal ball-doctoring substances to visiting pitchers, was submitted in Orange County Superior Court as evidence Thursday by an attorney claiming Harkins was made a “public scapegoat” in baseball’s efforts to crack down on the use of foreign substances.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 07, 2021 at 11:57 PM | 22 comment(s)
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