MLB says no violation in Molina stuck ball

MLB says no violation in Molina stuck ball

MLB says no violation in Molina stuck ball

It took less than a week for Major League Baseball to provide its first wacky play of the season. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball. "I don't know how that happened", Molina said. He's great at framing pitches, balls in the dirt stick to him like glue, and he's an incredible thrower. I talked to Yadi. "I can't explain it".

See, lots of explanations. It's just one of those things. Some reports said it was "wedged" into the equipment, but that is physically impossible. However, having "on his person, or in his possession, any foreign substance" is only a violation for the pitcher - not a catcher or the other seven defenders.

Throw out everything you've ever been taught about the laws of physics. "If you put liquid nails on a ball, I don't know if you could make that happen again". "I have no idea what happened there". "My first base coach told me it was stuck to his stomach". The problem with past offenders like Michael Pineda is that they were way too obvious.

In Molina's case, Brett Cecil's third strike bounced and stuck on the front of the chest protector of Molina, who didn't discover where the ball was until pinch-hitter Matt Szczur arrived at first base on a wild pitch.

Cecil left the locker room without speaking to reporters. The left-hander said he waited for a time for Matheny to finish up his media briefing, but then was eager to be with his family.

That much was made clear by what manager Joe Maddon called a "raucous" postgame celebration, with teammates singling out Schwarber for more than just his mammoth homer. Every game against the Cubs counts if the Cardinals want to contend for the Central Division crown. "I want to clear my head after a game like that".

Moments later the veteran stopper realised the ball had wedged in his chest protector and Molina, the umpire and fellow players shared in the humour of the situation. Jason Heyward, who played with Molina as recently as 2015, and Schwarber said they assumed he stashed some sticky material somewhere on his gear to help him get a grip for his throws.

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The Cubs could have pressed the matter and made their rivals squirm a bit, at the very least, but they seemed to shrug off the freaky moment.

Molina was certain about one thing. Lackey nearly got out of his first inning jam, getting a groundball with one out and runners on first and third.

Jon Jay coaxed a walk against Cecil in the next plate appearance, and Kyle Schwarber blasted a long three run home run to give the Cubs the lead, which they would never relinquish as they took two of three games from the Cardinals. Yadi looked for the ball at his feet while the batter scampered down to first base.

The 14-year-veteran's reaction in trying to locate the ball had a touch of Benny Hill about it, with the eight-time Gold Glove victor totally baffled by the case of the missing ball.

- Matt Clapp (@TheBlogfines) April 6, 2017It miiiiight be time for Yadier Molina to schedule his next eye appointment. Didn't know how the ball stuck. Lynn pitched into the sixth inning in his first regular season start, allowing two runs before he ran out of gas against the Cubs.

Molina kept looking around for the ball, and didn't find it until Szczur safely made it to first base.

We're going with the latter, and going further out on a limb to guess the sticky substance was pine tar. "We'll come back in 5 days and hope he's back to where he was".

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