About Jon Lester and foreign substances
While the Cardinals were sloshing through an ugly defensive performance in Game 1 of the World Series, a Cardinals Minor Leaguer apparently had his eye on Jon Lester. And Tyler Melling’s tweet from late Wednesday night – one that suggested Lester was benefiting from a sticky substance hidden in his glove – has since fueled a storm of speculation.
The tweet – which read: “Jon Lester using a little Vaseline inside the glove tonight?” – also included a photo of the Red Sox starter with what appears to be a green glob inside his black glove. Since then, a video of Lester touching that area of his glove before gripping the ball has also surfaced on social media.
According to rule 8.02.4 in the Major League Baseball official rule book, “the pitcher shall not apply a foreign substance of any kind to the ball.” A violation warrants an immediate ejection.
In this case, however, neither the Cardinals, nor anyone on the umpiring crew, challenged Lester’s actions at the time. Lester shut the Cardinals out on five hits in 7 2/3 innings, while walking one and striking out eight.
Pat Courtney, a spokesperson for MLB, released this statement on Thursday: “We cannot draw any conclusions from this video. There were no complaints from the Cardinals and the umpires never detected anything indicating a foreign substance throughout the game. “
Said general manager John Mozeliak when reached for comment: “We were unaware of this and feel it is a
This is not the first foreign substance issue to take headlines during a Cardinals World Series appearance. In the 2006 Fall Classic matchup against the Cardinals and Tigers, Detroit starting pitcher Kenny Rogers was determined to have a brown substance on the palm of his pitching hand. Rogers, who claimed it was dirt and rosin, washed it off after the first inning. Then-manager Tony La Russa never pushed the umpires to take a closer look at the substance.
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