It is likely to be time for Gaylord Perry to start plotting his comeback.
Following the introduction of MLB’s COVID-19-inspired rule, allowing pitchers to carry a wet rag — as a substitute of licking their fingers to enhance their grip — former Yankees reliever Jeff Nelson rapidly guessed that numerous gamers might try to throw spitballs this season, soaking the rag with a banned substance, somewhat than water.
“Love the wet rag rule for 2020. Pitchers are allowed to carry a wet rag in their back pocket instead of licking their fingers,” Nelson tweeted. “Good luck hitters, water won’t be the only thing on that rag.”
To assist forestall pitchers from doctoring balls, umpires are permitted to verify the rag for non-water substances at any level. Gamers and managers are inspired to follow social distancing with umpires and will likely be topic to fines and/or suspensions if they arrive inside six toes of an umpire so as to argue a play or name.