mcqfesijiba wrote:There's more to this story than most of us know. The facts are being distorted by the media as well. I've heard rumors ranging from former 1968 St. Louis Cardinal McCarver holding a grudge against Detroit and tipping everyone off to another crazy rumor that this being blown out of proportion to help ratings.
mccarver may not like the tigers but he's had an axe to grind with cards since they traded him away. if anyone tipped off the cards it was buck, buts thats irrelevant since tony didnt do anything about it until the whole world new about it.
The controversy surrounding the brown substance spotted on Kenny Rogers' pitching hand during the first inning Sunday night is addressed in Rule 8.02 of the Official Baseball Rules.
According to rule 8.02(a)(2), (4) and (5), the pitcher shall not:
(2) expectorate on the ball, either hand or his glove;
(4) apply a foreign substance of any kind to the ball; [or]
(5) deface the ball in any manner.
According to the penalties set forth in the Official Baseball Rules, "For violation of any part of Rules 8.02(a)(2) through (6): (a) The pitcher shall be ejected immediately from the game and shall be suspended automatically for 10 games."
However, at the bottom of the 'penalties' section is the following disclaimer:
Rules 8.02(a)(2) through 8.02(a)(6) Comment: If a pitcher violates either Rule 8.02(a)(2) or Rule 8.02(a)(3) and, in the judgment of the umpire, the pitcher did not intend, by his act, to alter the characteristics of a pitched ball, then the umpire may, in his discretion, warn the pitcher in lieu of applying the penalty.
In this case, it would seem, the umpires felt that Rogers "did not intend, by his act, to alter the characteristics of a pitched ball."
the exception is for Rule 8.02(a)(2) and Rule 8.02(a)(3). it is NOT for Rule 8.02(a)(4), nor are there exceptions to rule 8.02(b).
8.02(a)(4) and 8.02(b) are the rules dealing with applying and possessing foreign substances. both rules state ejection is mandatory. neither rule has an exception.
Rogers has a stern warning