The Angels have not forgotten the particularly slippery baseball games they struggled with during their recent five-game series in Seattle. Their complaints have probably not gone unnoticed by Major League Baseball.
On Tuesday, MLB sent a memo to all of its 30 clubs outlining a single set of rules for kneading and storing balls, especially new balls, to prevent them from becoming too slippery.
“Baseballs have to be the same,” said Michael Lorenzen, angel thrower, before the team’s game against Kansas City Royals at Angel’s Stadium on Tuesday night. “We don’t get baseball and we suddenly keep an eye on what it looks like. It shouldn’t be like that and it seems to be happening quite a lot. I’m glad they’re doing something.
“It’s just a shame for me to come up with such a memo,” the right-wing man said after he was told the memo without reading it himself.
During the fifth shift of Friday’s Angels game against the Mariners, Lorenzen hit former Angel Justin Upton with a ball that he said slipped.
He was not the only one who was disappointed. Last night, Ryan Tepera, Angel’s facilitator, stopped during his eighth round to examine baseball referee David Arrieta, who threw two sides because he didn’t feel comfortable with them.
“Apparently there was a problem with the balls in Seattle, and it’s just unacceptable,” Tepera said after being told the memo. “They were pearls. They were brand new balls out of ten. They had no mud on them at all.
“We throw baseballs every day. So we know what a good ball is, and those balls weren’t anywhere.
Tepera said slippery baseballs pose a risk of injury to batsmen and throwers – slippery baseball means a stronger grip. Tepera recalled that the day after leaving, she felt even more painful than usual due to the slippery balls in her forearm.
“It’s one of those things you won’t notice until it’s good,” said Patrick Sandoval, Angel’s fellow player.
According to the Associated, MLB has been working on a standard procedure for applying mud and protecting baseballs from moisture since last season’s suppression of adhesives, which has led to an increase in complaints about slippery baseballs and throwers with their handles. Press.
According to Athletic, the memo states that the application of the special mud from the Delaware River should: be carried out by hand “in a uniform manner, ensuring that the same ratio of mud to water is applied to each ball”; Take at least 30 seconds to apply each baseball to make sure it sticks to the skin; and this is done on the same day the balls are used and within three hours of the other baseballs being kneaded for play that day.
All-Stars under construction
On Tuesday, it was no surprise that the initial counting of votes in the Star Game showed that Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani were among the top two in their subgroup.
Based on these early votes, Trout is on his way to getting a nod in his 10th Star Tournament. As of Tuesday, he had 1,295,854 votes, finishing second among New York Yankees slider Aaron Judge (1,512,368 votes).
At the same time, Yhtan Álvarez, a Houston Astros man (835,669), is chasing the leading collector of votes among the strikers appointed by Ohtan AL with 555,056 votes.
“I think the world would love to see these boys play. ‘Star play is an honor,’ said Phil Nevin, Angels’ interim manager.”
“Ask Mike. Mike likes to walk and I’m sure he’s playing in the middle of this game.
AL’s most valuable player, Ohtani, received his first Star of the Stars last season as well as his first invitation to the Home Run Derby.
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