Will Smith’s ejection once again shows baseball’s silly approach to foreign substance rules

I am in agreement with the author. If they intend on keeping the rule, then enforce it across the board. If they do not intend on enforcing it, then change the rule the can go on and play ball. Personally, I feel it should be the latter, pitchers need to gain control on the ball so not to injure another player.

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Last night Will Smith was ejected from the Brewers-Braves game because he had a big bunch of goo on his arm. Hey, big bunches of goo on your arm is illegal if you’re a pitcher, so do the crime, do the time. He may get a ten-game suspension out of this. He may not. We’ll see in the next day or so.

But before anyone tut-tuts the evil, cheating Will Smith here, let us remind ourselves that just about every pitcher uses something to mess with baseballs and/or enhance their grip, and for the most part baseball is content to look the other way about it.

We went through this last year when Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was caught with pine tar on his neck and hand in multiple starts and two years ago when Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz was accused of using sunscreen to doctor baseballs

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