Catchers Will Now Be Suspect to Checks for Sticky Substances, MLB Memo Says

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Sports Illustrated

By Tom Verducci With spin rates again on the rise, MLB sends memo to teams, warning that catchers and team personnel will also be held accountable for “suspicious behavior.” Major League Baseball is ramping up enforcement of its ban on pitchers using sticky substances to increase spin and movement. In a memo to all clubs Thursday obtained by Sports Illustrated, MLB said it is ordering umpires to conduct more thorough and more random checks of pitchers, to initiate in-game searches without opposing managers’ requests and to check catchers’ equipment. The memo was sent by Michael Hill, senior vi…

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