MLB Reveals Detailed Plan to Catch Cheating Pitchers in 2021

Jason Schandl
The MLB announced a detailed plan to crack down on pitchers using pine tar and other foreign substances in 2021.
The MLB announced a detailed plan to crack down on pitchers using pine tar and other foreign substances in 2021. / Jim McIsaac/Getty Images
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The unwritten rules of baseball seem to have long included an understanding that it's okay, if not encouraged, for pitchers to try to cheat by using pine tar. It seems to be just about every season a pitcher is caught with what appears to be a foreign substance, but the outrage is usually pretty low-key.

Major League Baseball appears ready to change that, and they have laid out a detailed plan to attempt to catch cheating pitchers during the 2021 MLB season.

This includes some really interesting facets, like using Statcast data to identify anomalies.

This doesn't sound like the MLB is just paying lip service to the idea and doing this for show. These specific details do appear to indicate a serious push to crack down on pitchers cheating.

After the way a cheating scandal shook the baseball world just one year ago, it's no surprise to see the league being so vigilant about an issue like this.

With power hitting numbers already way up in recent seasons, it's going to be very interesting to see how much of an effect this initiative has league-wide.

And it will be especially interesting to see which pitchers are affected most.


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