MLB Has Told the Cubs That Carl Edwards Jr.'s Toe Tap is Illegal

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MLB Has Told the Cubs That Carl Edwards Jr.’s Toe Tap is Illegal

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As we explored yesterday, MLB has confirmed to the Cubs that, when Carl Edwards Jr.’s foot taps back down as part of his hesitation delivery, they’re considering that illegal.

Yes, it would have been nice. Thing is, when the foot actually touches the ground again, I feel like we already knew that was potentially illegal thanks to the rules clarifications that came after Carter Capps’ infamous delivery was reviewed. If Edwards instead glides his front foot down like Kenley Jansen and Clayton Kershaw do – the guys he was modeling the delivery off of – then it’s not illegal.

I also am 99% sure I’ve seen Jansen inadvertently tap the toe sometimes, but he doesn’t get called for an illegal pitch because it’s rare, inadvertent, and doesn’t make his motion look as jerky as Edwards’ looked this weekend. (But you can bet the Cubs will be watching him like hawks when they play.) In any case, if Edwards absolutely has to tap his toe to make the delivery work, then someone with the Cubs should have said something to him in the Spring, and/or clarified with MLB immediately.

Apparently Edwards is not comfortable doing the hesitation without sometimes tapping that front toe, though, and since it’s now on teams’ radars, he’s abandoning it altogether. So much for that Spring Training work, eh? I guess we just have to hope that the work to create the delivery somehow, uh, hoped shore up his command in his normal slide step delivery. After all, he had to use that delivery anyway when batters reached base, so there’s not a *ton* lost here. He looked fine last night with his old, slide step delivery.

So ends the Great Carl Edwards Jr. Delivery Saga of 2019.



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.