Trevor Bauer’s words come back to haunt him.
A baseball was removed from the field during Wednesday’s game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland Athletics after Bauer’s first inning on the mound to inspect it as part of MLB’s recent crash on foreign substances.
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A’s manager Bob Melvin did not confirm whether the ball was inspected, but said after the match that this is something to be expected this season.
“This year, they’re looking at baseballs to maybe make status and do something uniform down the road, as far as the drug that can be used,”
The league issued a note late last month informing teams of three new enforcement components that would be implemented this season to determine if a player was using illegal foreign substances.
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Bauer posted a video on YouTube the next day criticizing the new policy.
“It’s only illegal for pitchers to have ‘foreign matter’ on their person, their body or anything,” Bauer told NBC Sports Bay Area. “It’s not illegal for a catcher or his breastguard, as you’ve seen. It’s not illegal for a third baseman to have it on his glove or a midfielder to have it on his glove – as far as I know, maybe there is a rule change or some language – as far as I know baseball rules, it’s legal for these guys to have things on their glove. “
He continued, “My question is, if I cast a pitch and it gets thrown out and then gets tested and has a foreign substance on it, how do they know it came from me and not from the fishing glove or the third baseman’s glove? Or on a bad ball, what if it happened to hit the handle of a bat where a hitter has tar or any other substance he wants, which is perfectly legal as long as it does not go too far up in the bat. “
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Under the new rules, players who are found to be using illegal foreign substances may be subject to discipline “whether evidence of the offense has been discovered during or after a game.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.