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MLB Asks Umps For More Random Checks On Sticky Substances

Mar 26, 2022, 7:18 PM
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 27: Marcus Stroman #0 of the New York Mets has his hat checked for a fore...
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 27: Marcus Stroman #0 of the New York Mets has his hat checked for a foreign substance during their game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field on June 27, 2021 in New York City.

NEW YORK, NY (AP) – Major League Baseball is asking umpires to make more random checks this season for pitchers using sticky substances.

MLB says its crackdown on grip-enhancing materials became less effective late last season.

MLB instituted regular checks last June 21 for grip aids, and Seattle’s Héctor Santiago and Arizona’s Caleb Smith received 10-game suspensions.

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MLB Asks Umps For More Random Checks On Sticky Substances