MLBits: More Spin-Rate Drama from Bauer, More Bad News for Dodgers, Ichiro, Rookie Life, More

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MLBits: More Spin-Rate Drama from Bauer, More Bad News for Dodgers, Ichiro, Rookie Life, More

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Tomorrow’s the big trip to Austin for my bachelor party, which means I’ll be out for the weekend. I’m thinking about locking myself out of Twitter, too.

After all, beer plus a series in St. Louis after dropping two games in a row and scoring no more than three runs in over a week sounds like a recipe for some Kato-Kaelin-level-disaster tweeting.

Here’s some news from around the league …

  • The one and only Ichiro is finally hanging them up:

  • At age 44, Ichiro was hitting just .205/.255/.205 after a down 2017, and it seems that it’s time. What a unique, Hall of Fame-worthy career.
  • The Trevor Bauer, spin-rate, ball-doctoring saga has continued, with Bauer possibly conducting an in-game experiment on his own involving these issues. Follow me as I explain. A few weeks ago, Bauer tweeted the following about his ability to spin it about 400 RPM more than his average by adding pine tar to the ball:

  • So … am I reading the implication there correctly? That Bauer cheated for an inning in order to prove that a foreign substance can increase spin rate? Is that really what happened? And if so, didn’t we already know he was right about that particular fact? The real question was whether the foreign substance was the *ONLY* way the Astros’ pitchers could be improving their spin rates.
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  • Whatever the case, one thing is clear. Baseball really needs to update its stance on foreign substances, because Bauer is correct in pointing out the hypocrisy. Indeed, from the sound of it, some players are very open about the stuff they add to their pitches:

  • Unlike being more strict about obvious ball-doctoring violations, I’m not really sure what can be done about this. So long as humans call balls and strikes, there will be errors. Perhaps stiffer penalties for repeat offending umpires?
  • The bad news for the Dodgers continues, as starter Hyun-Jin Ry is headed to the disabled list with a left groin strain. “It doesn’t feel good,” Ryu said through an interpreter. “This seems to be worse than the ones in the past. Definitely very disappointed. I came into the season very healthy and had very good performances in the season. At this point, I’m very frustrated and very disappointed.” As for the Dodgers, you can just add Ryu’s injury to the pile (Corey Seager, Yasiel Puig, Justin Turner, Logan Forsythe, Rich Hill, Tom Kohler, and Julio Urias are *all* on the DL).
  • Staying out west ,Johnny Cueto is back on the disabled list for the second time this season, and it sounds like this one could be a bit more serious:

  • 27 coffees … and a cake pop.


Author: Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami covers the Chicago Cubs, Bears, and Bulls at Bleacher Nation. You can find him on Twitter @Michael_Cerami