The MLB made it a goal this season to start cracking down on foreign substances in baseball. Sometimes a pitcher may try to use a substance — whether it being something like saliva, pine tar or sweat — to give them an advantage against opposing batters. Even though that's prohibited, the league hasn't found a proper way to limit the trend. It's gotten to the point where it's rumored that the MLB is going to release new guidelines against foreign substances by this season's All-Star Break.
When word came out about potential foreign substance rule changes, fans and experts noticed a change in Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer's spin rate changing. That led to some theorizing that he was using a substance to alter his pitches. When asked about it, Bauer said that he just wants an equal playing field for all players. Now, Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout is the latest player to weigh in on the discussion.
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When asked about the foreign substance issue, the three-time American League Most Valuable Player said that it can be obvious when a pitcher is using something that they shouldn't. However, Trout shares similar sentiments to how Bauer feels.
"Some guys are a little more obvious than others. But it all comes down to -- I think [Trevor] Bauer said it yesterday, trying to be on a level playing field for everybody. I think that’s what the players want. That’s what I want."- Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels OF
What'll be interesting to see is how the league punishes any players or teams who have knowingly been using illegal substances. According to ESPN's Buster Olney, umpires will inspect pitchers multiple times throughout the game under the potential new rules. If anyone pitcher is caught using a foreign substance, they could potentially face a 10-day suspension without pay.
Olney went on to add that non-pitchers could be inspected too, although, they'll likely receive warnings if they're caught rather than being suspended outright. If one thing is clear, it's that new rules surrounding foreign substances could change the game of baseball forever. The only thing that remains to be seen is whether that'll be in a positive or negative way, depending on how things are enforced.
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