Alex Sanabia may have broken a rule, but he probably didn't alter the outcome of a game.
As you may have heard by now, Marlins pitcher Alex Sanabia indisputably spat on a baseball last night directly after surrendering a home run to the Phillies’ Domonic Brown. David Brown of Big League Stew downplayed its ultimate effect on the game, but at least one Philly sportswriter took great umbrage at this infraction. (Bonus points to the commenter on that last link who said, “Maybe our team should try it? The bullpen in particular.”)
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June 13, 2012 8:33 am
Was Jose Valverde cheating when he faced the Reds this weekend? If he was, his excuse ranks up there with the best of them.
Baseball history is full of cheaters who excelled at their craft. I'm not talking about PED users, for the most part. I'm talking about guys who scuffed baseballs, stole signs, corked bats, and threw games. And the vast majority of these men were never caught, though some, like Whitey Ford and Gaylord Perry, were happy to brag about getting away with it for decades.
But thankfully, baseball is also full of cheaters who were absolutely terrible at cheating, get caught easily, and then make terrible excuses none of us believe. It is into this latter camp, gratefully, that Jose Valverde might fall. Valverde, as most of the baseball-loving world knows by now, appeared to spit into his glove during the ninth inning against the Reds. The video was posted online, and later tweeted about by Dallas Latos, the wife of Reds pitcher Mat Latos.