During his start against the Oakland A’s on Wednesday, umpires removed several balls Bauer threw. The crew collected several of the balls, which reportedly had markings on them and were sticky. They were sent to MLB‘s league offices for further inspection.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, and other reporters wrote stories about the incident and apparently that pissed Bauer right off. Here’s what he said on Twitter:
This shows pretty obviously that Bauer isn’t actually reading the articles about him. All that I’ve read have mentioned that balls from a lot of games will be examined this year to see if foreign substances are being used. In the past Bauer has been vocal about how certain players are clearly cheating and getting away with it, and directly threw shade at the Houston Astros in May of 2018.
He claimed Astros pitcher magically saw their spin rates increase in Houston:
The following section of Rosenthal’s article about Bauer makes those comments really interesting in hindsight:
“In 2018, Bauer wondered aloud on Twitter about how pitchers might increase their spin rates, making vague reference to the Astros. He then seemed to underscore his point, as Sarris noted, by adding spin rate to his fastball for one inning later that season. In 2020, when Bauer won the National League Cy Young Award in a shortened 60-game season, his four-seam fastball had the highest spin rate of any in baseball, and spin rates on his secondary pitches spiked as well.”
So his spin rates spiked in Cincinnati last year just before getting a big contract. Interesting.
Look, I’m sure tons of guys scuff balls, or use some kind of substance to get more grip on them. The only reason this is news is because Bauer has loudly called out other players before. Now he’s whining because he’s been accused of the same thing he accused others of.