In March, Major League Baseball sent two separate memos to the clubs announcing it would step up surveillance and enforcement of rules forbidding pitchers from applying foreign substances to baseballs.
Trevor Bauer accused Major League Baseball on Thursday of leaking a story that they investigated baseballs he used while starting against the Oakland Athletics to find out if he had tampered with them.
Citing major-league sources, The Athletic reported umpires gathered balls used throughout the Dodgers’ right-handed pitcher’s outing.
Two league officials said the umpires are required to collect balls from each game, including every pitcher, and then dispatch them to an authorized authenticator.
The report stated “the balls had visible markings and were sticky.”
Bauer held Oakland to two runs on three hits with 10 strikeouts across 6 2/3 innings.
League officials did not specify if a pitcher would face disciplinary action if the league determined he used a foreign substance.
“They’re going to, after the game, be able to go back and if you tested positive — or if your baseball tested positive for a foreign substance — they’re going to be able to suspend you or discipline you or whatever the case may be,” Bauer said in the video. “I have a problem with that.”