Scott Boras, who is one of the top agents in baseball, made a long statement on Wednesday addressing the problem with Major League Baseball, which acts against grip-improving substances.
Boras, who represents the game’s top pitchers like Gerrit Cole, Max Scherzer and Carlos Rodon, said getting rid of the foreign matter completely is a big problem for the MLB.
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“As former major league pitcher Brandon McCarthy suggested, the MLB (like all GMs, including Michael Hill) knew that clubs had taught pitchers to use a variety of grasping devices for years. This was the ‘habit and practice’ of all MLB teams and the Commissioner’s office were aware that their technical rule was being ignored by them and all MLB teams, “Boras said in a statement to The Athletic.
âThe latest iterations of grippy substances and advances in performance measurement technology certainly show that we have moved from the grippy ‘Autobahn’ to the performance-enhancing ‘Autobahn’. Everyone agrees that restrictive laws are needed and the commissioner’s office should have acted years ago.There may be a certified gripping device similar to the distinction between corticosteroids and anabolic steroids, if one is viewed as an aid and the other is defined as performance enhancing will, but both are steroidal inform.
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“However, the complete elimination of grasping devices (other than rosin) is a major problem as all MLB throwers (by their respective MLB teams) have been taught to control baseball using grasping devices.
“To claim that pine tar can be used (on clubs) by the same players who play defense is really a mystery to a referee. The pitcher hits with pine tar and is suspended to apply the substance to the baseball, or the positional player with Pine tar on his throwing hand from the previous at-bat transfers him the ball and then both he and the pitcher are deprived of 10 days of service for legal use of an acceptable substance. The gray chasm continues !!!! “
Boras added to the chorus of voices having issues with running MLB.
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MLB threatened a 10-game ban for any pitcher or position player caught with any sticky substance. The new policy will take effect on Monday.