Trevor Bauer’s words come back to haunt him.
Baseball was removed from the field during Wednesday’s game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Auckland Athletics after Bauer’s first inning on the mound to inspect it as part of MLB’s recent crackdown on foreign substances.
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A manager Bob Melvin did not confirm whether the ball had been inspected, but said after the match that it was something that could be expected this season.
“This year, they’re looking for baseballs to take stock and do the same thing along the way, as far as what substance can be used,”
Late last month, the league issued a note informing teams of three new performance components that will be implemented this season to determine if a player is using illegal foreign substances.
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The very next day, Bauer posted a video on YouTube criticizing the new policy.
“It’s illegal for pitchers to have ‘foreign matter’ on their man, their body or whatever,” Bauer told NBC Sports Bay Area. “It’s not illegal for a hunter or a defender of his chest, as you’ve seen. It’s not illegal for a third coach to keep him on his glove or a central tennis player to have him on his glove – as far as I know, there may be a rule change or some language – as far as I know the rules of baseball, it’s legal for these guys to have things in their glove. “
He continued: “My question is, if I throw the terrain and it is discarded and then tested and there is a foreign substance on it, how do they know it came from me and not from the hunter’s glove or the third baseman’s glove? Or a foul ball, what if he happens to hit the handle of a bat, where the attacker has pine tar, or whatever other substance he wants, which is perfectly legal, as long as he doesn’t get too far to the bat. “
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Under the new rules, players found to be using illegal foreign substances may be subject to discipline “whether evidence of an infringement was found during or after a game”.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.