The accusation of Pete Alonso, New York Mets, to Major League Baseball about the manipulation of the balls, is very similar to the comments of some Dominicans who refuse to get the COVID 19 vaccine, because they allege that they put a “shift ”. That is the height of the barrabasadas. Get vaccinated and don’t get carried away with the “experts at reading the cup and fixing dreams.”
Alonso affirms that the manipulation of baseballs only fears one purpose, which is to suppress the free agent market.
But no matter how long you think it’s been, it’s probably even longer. While the current moment is theirs, the practice of applying foreign substances to baseball is almost as old as baseball itself, and of course there is a long history of baseball trying to enforce the rules against it. Since the “salivate” ball was banned in 1920, umpires have been trying to figure out how to control pitchers, managers have been trying to figure out when to call opponents, and the league has been trying to figure out where to draw the line.
Stan Musial had his own philosophy of the game. “When a pitcher throws a salivated ball at you, don’t worry or complain, just hit it on the side that’s dry. That’s what I do”.
The salivated ball is a pitch completely forbidden today called in English spitball or spitter, widely used since the beginnings of baseball in the nineteenth century.
The ball salivated, wet or modified in any way has an erratic movement, many times the receiver does not know where it is going to land and it can be thrown at a good speed.
Stan Musial had his own philosophy of the game. “When a pitcher throws a salivated ball at you, don’t worry or complain, just hit it on the side that’s dry. That’s what I do”
To heat up the mood, a new book by baseball writer Andy Martino alleges that the Houston Astros continued their signal stealing plan during the 2019 postseason.
Martino’s book, Cheated: The Inside Story of the Astros Scandal and a Colorful History of Sign Stealing, details the 2019 Houston sign stealing, which differed slightly from the practice of previous years. According to Martino, the Astros would use television monitors to pick up signals from the opposing receiver, then use a whistle coach and massage gun to signal different pitches to the team’s hitters.
· In 1990, Stanley Javier (Dodgers) hits his first homer in the NL against Mike Scott of Houston.
· In 1993, Tony Fernández drove in five runs for the first time, in a game against Detroit.
· In 2000, Alberto Reyes is traded by Baltimore to the Dodgers for Alan Mills.
In 2001, Enrique Wilson is traded to the Yankees by the Pirates for Dámaso Marte