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    Post 'This Should Be the Biggest Scandal in Sports'

    'This Should Be the Biggest Scandal in Sports'. — The inside story of how rampant pitch-doctoring in MLB is pumping pitchers up and deflating offenses.

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    To understand the fiasco of baseball’s 2021 season, which people around the game describe as sullied by rampant cheating to a degree not seen since the steroid era, all you have to do is pick up a ball.
    Then try to put it back down. One ball made its way into an NL dugout last week, where players took turns touching a palm to the sticky material coating it and lifting the baseball, adhered to their hand, into the air. Another one, corralled in a different NL dugout, had clear-enough fingerprints indented in the goo that opponents could mimic the pitcher’s grip. A third one, also in the NL, was so sticky that when an opponent tried to pull the glue off, three inches of seams came off with it.

    Over the past two or three years, pitchers’ illegal application to the ball of what they call “sticky stuff”—at first a mixture of sunscreen and rosin, now various forms of glue—has become so pervasive that one recently retired hurler estimates “80 to 90%” of pitchers are using it in some capacity. The sticky stuff helps increase spin on pitches, which in turn increases their movement, making them more difficult to hit. That’s contributed to an offensive crisis that has seen the league-wide batting average plummet to a historically inept .236. (
    Sports Illustrated spoke with more than two dozen people; most of them requested anonymity to discuss cheating within their own organizations.)

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    The Dodgers' Trevor Bauer has been at the center of the spin rate storm: There is no proof he uses sticky stuff, but the increase of spin on his four-seam fastball, from an average of 2,358 rpm in 2019 to 2,835 this season, has drawn notice from many in the game.

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    https://www.si.com/mlb/2021/06/04/sticky-stuff-is-the-new-steroids-daily-cover
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    Gee, another reason to not watch professional sports. As if all of the Nike swooshes all over those players wasn't enough.

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    Is this any more cheating then the practice of some pitchers to surgically augment their pitching arm by changing the muscle structure?
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    So along with using cameras to call strikes and balls, the umps will need to wear chemical sniffing equipment.

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