The “Sticky Stuff” Crisis

Rob Manfred has finally done it. He’s made the umpires inspectors with the ability to suspend a pitcher for 10 days, Joe Buck and Angel Hernandez are going to have a field day with that. I’ve always thought Manfred is an incompetent tool, but now I know for a fact he’s one. 

Pitchers have been putting substances on their balls forever, but it’s just now becoming obvious because of how well pitchers are doing this season. Mediocre pitchers are having stellar seasons because of the sticky stuff they put on the ball, and great pitchers are having even better seasons. Look at Tyler Glasnow, he’s having a great season, and he’s been using some sort of substance on the ball, and his RPM has been off the charts. Glasnow recently said that he believes he got hurt because of the new rule that bans “sticky stuff” from going on the ball. This created another controversy on what the MLB should do. Should they ban the “sticky stuff” and allow pitchers to become more susceptible to arm injuries? Or allow the substance to be used and have the hitters suffer?

Either way, Manfred looks like an idiot. Which he is, but the fact that this is happening shows how incompetent he really is. First, it’s not allowing hitters to step out of the box, then it’s timing the pitchers’ warm-up, and then to top that off it’s not punishing any of the players on the Astros for cheating. Because it’s just a chunk of metal right?

I truly believe Rob Manfred hates baseball. I think that the next major rule change he will implement is putting a time limit on games where a team is up by an exponential amount of runs. He already has the runner on second to start off the extras rule, which no true fan likes. So why wouldn’t Manfred turn his umpires into security officers in charge of finding illegal substances. 

Hitters have always used too much pine tar on their bats, and according to pitchers the new balls are incredibly hard to grip with no substance, so why is there a controversy? Because pitchers’ RPMs are through the roof this season, and offense is suffering big time. Manfred initially said that there would be no punishments for using “sticky stuff”, and the balls would only be inspected for research purposes for next year. Then he said that there would be ten-day bans for any pitcher caught using an illegal substance on the ball. Pitchers started suffering, and more importantly, pitchers were getting hurt, like Tyler Glasnow. 

Manfred is responsible for these injuries just like he’s responsible for allowing the “sticky stuff” to break into the game. The easy solution would be to revert back to the old balls that neither helped hitters nor hurt pitchers, lift the ban, and allow for a certain amount of the “sticky stuff” to be used. But why would Manfred do something good for the game? After all, these players are only devoting their lives to win a chunk of metal. 

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