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In the wake of two league-imposed suspensions against pitchers who were found to have used sticky substances in order to grip the ball better, a spokesman for MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred told the Boston Globe that baseball is open to a conversation on the matter.
"In the event that either the rules committee or the competition committee wishes to address this topic, we will be prepared for such a conversation," MLB spokesman Mike Teevan said. "We are aware of the comments that managers and players have made on this issue and we will be open to determining whether there is a better solution."
According to MLB rules, foreign substances of any kind cannot be applied to baseballs. However, as the Boston Globe points out, many pitchers say they aren't using sticky substances like rosin and pine tar in an effort to gain a competitive advantage -- they simply want to have a better grip on the ball.
"It's purely just to have a good grip on the ball while you’re throwing the pitch,”
Days later, Baltimore Orioles reliever Brian Matusz was also suspended eight games for having a foreign substance on his arm in a loss to the Miami Marlins.
Will the latest suspensions push baseball to re-examine the rule? Following