Trevor Bauer chides ‘gossip bloggers’ for reports of MLB collecting his baseballs for inspection
A new rule in Major League Baseball this season allows umpires to collect baseballs they suspect might have foreign substances on them.
Until Wednesday, there were no reports of any balls being confiscated and sent to MLB for inspection — until Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer took the mound that day against the Oakland A’s.
A’s radio announcer Vince Cotroneo noticed a ball taken out of play in the first inning while the A’s were at bat. Then on Thursday a report by The Athletic cited major league sources confirming that several balls Bauer threw during the game were sticky or had visible markings on them.
Bauer quickly responded on social media, calling the reports “desperate and misleading clickbait headlines from national gossip bloggers.”
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