Mets’ Buck Showalter wants MLB to fix pitcher grip issues

Over the past year, Major League Baseball has aggressively attempted to reduce the number of pitchers using illegal substances to improve their grip on baseballs. New York Mets manager Buck Showalter seems to believe those efforts may have gone too far.

Showalter called on MLB to provide some sort of option for pitchers to better grip the ball after 11 Mets players were hit by pitches in the team’s first seven games.

“Let’s be upfront about this,” Showalter told WFAN’s “Carton & Roberts” on Thursday, via SNY’s Scott Thompson. “In grabbing a baseball the pitchers went overboard with the Spider Tack and made it a throwing advantage with the spin rate and stuff and now I’m not so sure we didn’t go overboard in the other direction. Trying to grab a baseball that got muddied in April and early May and October is really skillful. Rosin just doesn’t do as much as you think. In a way, I think we’ve gone too far.

“I’ve always pushed for a universal throwing mat behind the mound where guys can finger tap and you won’t get as many guys hit. I think a lot of good pitches are guys who can’t grab the baseball.

Showalter compared the situation to batters unable to use pine tar and batting gloves to improve their grip, and he wondered why pitchers couldn’t be allowed to do something similar while it was regulated. by the league.

MLB actually tightened foreign substance controls on pitchers for the 2022 season, so things aren’t going the way Showalter wants. A number of players would probably agree with his position, however.

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