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What's going on in MLB with the Trevor Bauer case?

The Los Angeles Dodgers all-star pitcher is under investigation for allegedly using substances in balls to improve his pitching mechanics.

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2020 Cy Young Award winner Trevor Bauer is in deep trouble as Major League Baseball investigates him for ball handling in a game against the Oakland Athletics. Photo: Pexels

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Trevor Bauer, the winner of the Cy Young Award in 2020, is in serious trouble as Major League Baseball investigates him for ball manipulation in a game against the Oakland Athletics, which occurred earlier in the season and about which an announcement is expected in the days to come.

Yes, the brand new signing of the Los Angeles Dodgers champions could be in trouble if the use of a substance to improve their pitching mechanics is confirmed.

In the game against Oakland, officials decided to take a ball thrown by Bauer for inspection because they felt the ball was spinning faster than ever before in major league history.

Prior to the Oakland incident, Bauer had had a six-inning no-hitter outing in what marked his first win in a Dodgers uniform, a victory that matched what legendary Bob Tauler did for the Yankees in 1959 season. against the Red Sox. Tauler came from reigning the MLB in 1958 winning the Cy Young with the Yankees and 62 years later, the brand new signing of the 2021 season by the Dodgers, Bauer, equals this curious record of pitching in the best baseball in the world. also remembering that he was the best pitcher in the National League in the last harvest.

First studies

Initial evaluations indicated that the balls were sticky, so it is believed that the pitcher may have used some type of substance to improve the grip of the balls, essential to give them the effect that complicates the hitters.

If so, the starter of the Dodgers, current MLB monarchs, could face severe punishment from the governing body of baseball, since the regulations warn that a pitcher adulterates the balls.

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One of the first media to make the case public was The Athletic, who indicated that MLB withdrew from Dodger Stadium a large number of balls thrown by Bauer, a former pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds.

The MLB decision is due to the umpires noticing that several of the balls used by the pitcher had visible marks on their surface, which are abnormal, as well as a somewhat sticky consistency.

Defense of the accused

The stellar pitcher did not hide his anger with the organization because he believes that they are targeting him for no valid reason. "I wonder where are the notes of all the balls of other pitchers that have been withdrawn in all the games of the season. In addition, I laugh at the MLB, which has sources giving the information of a process that is supposedly confidential," he said in statements issued through his Twitter account and compiled by Albat.com.

If found guilty, the pitcher will be subject to the Disciplinary Commission, which could give him an important sports sanction that the MLB did not specify if it could be applied from this year. For now, after just over a month into the season, the case remains under investigation while Bauer continues to fulfill his role within the rotation of the Californian team.

Recidivist?

Bauer had already stuck his nose in a mess that did not belong to him and in which he questioned the MLB organization. It happened in the notorious case of outfielder Nick Castellanos when he lost the appeal of his two-game suspension to MLB, a disciplinary measure he received after he profusely celebrated on the San Luis Cardinals pitcher Jake Woodford, an indiscreet celebration that ended up emptying the benches.

The outbreak began when Woodford hit Castellanos in the fourth inning. Subsequently, the former Reds player advanced to third with a single and crashed with the pitcher at the plate when a wild pitch allowed him to score and it was there that he stood up and celebrated on the pitcher, who was on the ground. . Outside of the collision at home plate, there was never any physical assault.

That's when Reds manager David Bell and Bauer showed their dissatisfaction with the league's decision to suspend the outfielder for two games.