Major League Baseball announced new rules and penalties Tuesday for any player caught using foreign substances to manipulate the ball. Penalties include an automatic ejection and a 10-game paid suspension, and umpires frequently check pitchers for sticky substances.
This crackdown was due to the massive spike we’ve seen in turning speed over the past two seasons, and even by the time teams got a heads up about the new rules, turning speed has dropped a bit.
Current National League Cy Young Award winner Trevor Bauer is among the players who see their turning speed affected by the new rules, and it’s safe to say he’s unhappy with the way the league has handled. the implementation of this rule.
In a Twitter thread about Tyler Glasnow’s comments about his injury at UCL on Tuesday, Bauer lashed out at MLB for a knee-jerk reaction to the public perception shift.
He claimed that MLB lied to players about the rule changes for this season and had serious problems with the league’s decision to enact those rules after two months or more of the season.
It is important to note again that Bauer had seen increases in turning speed this season and last season. But after the crackdown, he dropped 200 rpm on his four-seam fastball on Saturday compared to last season’s average. His other pitches also saw declines of more than 100 rpm, according to Baseball Savant.
So while he makes some fair points about MLB’s handling of the situation, the numbers don’t exactly help his cause.