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That’s His Story And He’s STICKING To It… Smith Receives 8 Game Suspension


(MLB) The MLB has suspended the Milwaukee Brewers left handed Will Smith for eight games for having a foreign substance on his right arm during Thursday night’s game against the Braves.

While Smith has elected to appeal the suspension, he will indeed be eligible to play until the appeal process is complete.

Looking at the length of Smith’s suspension, it’s probably safe to say that the MLB did not find any substance on the baseball.

Atlanta was leading 2-1 in the seventh inning Thursday, Smith was pitching to leadoff hitter Jace Peterson when Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez came out of the dugout to make home plate umpire Chris Segal aware of the substance.

Segal then informed crew chief Jim Joyce, who immediately ejected Smith after discovering the substance on his right arm.

After the game, Smith said the substance was a mixture of sunscreen and rosin he applied to his arm to help him grip the baseball while warming up.

Based on the length of Smith’s suspension, it seems Major League Baseball did not find the reliever had used the substance on the baseball.

With Atlanta leading 2-1 in the seventh inning Thursday, Smith was pitching to leadoff hitter Jace Peterson when Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez came out of the dugout to make home plate umpire Chris Segal aware of the substance.

Segal then informed crew chief Jim Joyce, who immediately ejected Smith after discovering the substance on his right arm.

After the game, Smith said the substance was a mixture of sunscreen and rosin he applied to his arm to help him grip the baseball while warming up.

Based on the length of Smith’s suspension, it seems Major League Baseball did not find the reliever had used the substance on the baseball.

With Atlanta leading 2-1 in the seventh inning Thursday, Smith was pitching to leadoff hitter Jace Peterson when Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez came out of the dugout to make home plate umpire Chris Segal aware of the substance.

Segal then informed crew chief Jim Joyce, who immediately ejected Smith after discovering the substance on his right arm.

After the game, Smith said the substance was a mixture of sunscreen and rosin he applied to his arm to help him grip the baseball while warming up.

“I just forgot to wipe it off before I went out and pitched,” Smith said after the game Thursday. “I kind of had to get ready in a hurry and just forgot. That’s it.” So that’s his story and he’s sticking to it…

Some hitters have publicly stated they actually prefer pitchers use foreign substances to improve their grip in order to prevent potential hit by pitches.

“Every pitcher does it,” Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Thursday. “As a hitter you want them to do it so they have a better grip, so we don’t get hit in the head . . . but just hide it better next time.”

 

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