Major League Baseball is trying to beef up enforcement of its rules that prohibit pitchers from using foreign substances on baseballs and that includes Trevor Bauer.
Multiple balls used by the Dodgers pitcher during his start against the Athletics on Monday were collected by umpires, according to The Athletic. They were sticky and with visible marks and sent to MLB to be examined.
If the findings are confirmed by the league, it remains uncertain MLB will be able to prove Bauer actually applied the foreign substance to the balls. A ball from Bauer was removed as early as the first inning, according to A’s radio announcer Vince Cotroneo. Bauer allowed two runs in 6 ²/₃ innings in that game.
MLB sent a memo to all of its teams on March 24, and it informed teams of new steps to enforce the ban. It included examining Statcast data looking for spin-rate changes from any pitchers suspected of using foreign substances. The inquiry into Bauer didn’t have to do with spin rate, but the balls themselves being brought to the umpires, according to The Athletic. Balls that are removed from play are taken from every game and sent to MLB for a further…