There are almost only five things that happen in Twitter baseball today:
- James deGrom doing things by James deGrom
- Shohei Ohtani doing things Shoehi Ohtani
- Vladdy Jr. killing baseball
- Fernando Tatis Jr. being excellent for the baseball game
- Spider Tack is another sticky substance
The last one is the big one, the city speech, the dirty laundry that is put in the air. For years talking about “sticky things” was taboo. You didn’t do it. It was also another of MLB’s unwritten rules. So why, all of a sudden, is Major League Baseball going after these illegal substances now of all time?
There has been more than enough evidence at the feet of Major League Baseball that this betrayal epidemic has been going on for quite some time. I spoke earlier about Brian “Bubba” Harkins process against Major League Baseball, but here’s the SparkNotes version:
In 2019, the director of the Angels’ home, Brian Harkins, was fired after it became public that he sold a homemade sticky substance called “Go-Go JuiceTo pitchers around the league. Harkins sued the league and the Angels for defamation, claiming the league knew about his operation, but reprimanded them only once it became public. In the lawsuit, Harkins provided tons of evidence that dozens of brocades across the league were using his substance, including former Cy Young winners Justin Verlander, Felix Hernandez, Corey Kluber and Yankees ace Gerrit Cole, among many others. Despite the evidence presented to him, MLB was more than willing to let Harkins be the whim for the addictive substance scandal because pitchers like Cole and Verlander were huge ticket sellers and great for MLB marketing.
So even though MLB has the test, why did it take them so long to go after these foreign substances? Well, maybe because they intended to use those substances as a weapon.
MLB and the MLB Players Association have held their first talks on the Collective Agreement (CBA) about a month and a half ago. The current CBA expires on December 1, so it makes sense to avoid the league having its first leg since 1995.
However, with how hard it is negotiations have been between MLB and the union in recent years (i.e. discussions between the two parties before the 2020 season abbreviated by COVID), Major League Baseball might need an ace up its sleeve – something it could make the players turn against each other to save their own skin. Something that makes players, and therefore MLBPA, eager to make a deal to stay employed even if it means playing in less ideal conditions. Something like the problem of the sticky substance we see now.
We have already seen the effects of this epidemic on some players. Josh Donaldson becomes a pariah promising to release a “video catalog” exposing brooches using sticky substances. Winner of the NL Cy Young Award Trevor Bauer he was suspected of using heavily sticky things. And Cole became the face of the whole scandal after giving the worst answer imaginable when asked if he had used it. Spider Thanks. He’s a winner of Cy Young, the highest paid pitcher in baseball (earning $ 36 million with deGrom), and a former MVP – three of the sport’s biggest names. As Major League Baseball has done in the past, the league will gladly let its stars take the fall for a situation that could have been resolved years earlier to save face.
There will be zero significant suspensions coming out of this scandal. No one will miss more than 10 games. The only long-term solution to get out of this scandal will be a precedent that every person who uses these substances in the future will be subjected to many criticisms and inspections. In fact, it’s not true, because when the CBA meetings go on and on at the end of this year, the players will be in each other’s throats. Hitters and pitchers will be stuck in each other in a different environment and will lead to one of two outcomes: either no deal is made and there will be a delay in the coming season, or players, who don’t want to lose the payout. , will accept non-ideal terms to play. I’m more than willing to bet that the latter will happen, and that’s why Major League Baseball has kept its knowledge of the substance situation appalling and expected to play all its cards at the right time. The biggest stars of the league burn, and the league moves as if nothing had happened.