Friday, April 06, 2007

Cheating or OCD?

Francisco Rodriguez is under investigation by Major League Baseball to see if he was doctoring the ball during his appearances against the Texas Rangers. You can find still images from the game here, and until the powers that be have the video removed, here's an at bat where Rodriguez is especially fidgety:

To me, it just looks like rosin that was either transferred from the bag to his cap or perhaps intentionally caked on for easier access. While this may be technically illegal, I don't think it's really any different than a hitter putting pine tar on his helmet so he can get some extra grip between pitches.

Either way, I guess K-Rod got the message. His hat lacked any white marks last night as he gave up the game winning HR to Mike Piazza.


In other Angels news, the team announced that Gary Matthews Jr will wear Jackie Robinson's #42 on April 15. Matthews described being chosen for the tribute as a HuGH honor.

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At Fri Apr 06, 05:21:00 PM PDT , Blogger NFL Adam said...

Oh no, a pitcher is fidgeting. These seems much ado about nothing. But the Rangers are kind of being babies in all of this. That said, I'll link this on to TWE when I get home.


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