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White Sox Broadcast Catches Indians Closer James Karinchak Touching Suspicious Substance on Glove

Jason Schandl
James Karinchak touched a suspicious spot in his glove on Tuesday.
James Karinchak touched a suspicious spot in his glove on Tuesday. / Jason Miller/Getty Images
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One of the worst-kept secrets in baseball for years has been the lax rules about pitchers using foreign substances to alter their grip on baseballs. It's technically against the rules, but unless a violation is totally blatant it tends to get overlooked.

This attitude has led to what many are citing as a huge increase in use in the 2021 season, helping explain why pitchers have reigned supreme over hitters to a large degree.

Despite this, it's going to be hard for the MLB to not investigate Cleveland Indians closer James Karinchak after this footage from the Chicago White Sox' broadcast emerged.

We don't want to jump to any conclusions, but there's clearly a suspicious black spot on Karinchak's red glove, and he makes a point of rubbing his thumb and two fingers against the spot before grabbing the baseball and then testing how much spin he can put on it.

Karinchak's spin rate is up almost 3% (from 2,376 RPM in 2020 to 2,440 RPM) in 2021 according to StatCast data.


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