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Marlins’ Sanabia Gets Away with Clear Spitball

Not clear in the sense that his phlegm is clear because his allergies aren’t an issue; clear in the sense that seconds after Domonic Brown hit a home run, Sanabia hocked a loogie on the baseball in plain view of the cameras.

According to the rulebook, which these days is used more as a guideline than anything, it says:

Rule 8.02: The pitcher shall not — (2) expectorate on the ball, either hand or his glove;

Take a look, should he have been tossed?

(Thanks Fangraphs)

15 Comments

15 Comments

  1. Bob D

    May 21, 2013 at 8:50 am

    I don’t think the team could hit a beach ball on certain nights.

    • "Big Ed" Delahanty

      May 21, 2013 at 3:40 pm

      Classic, Bob, classic. Lmfao.

      • Lou

        May 22, 2013 at 5:09 pm

        Can’t get him for lyin’ LOL

  2. Mike in NJ

    May 21, 2013 at 9:38 am

    We’ve seen enough scrub pitchers baffle this team this year to know that an occasional spitball isn’t the issue. He should probably be suspended, but let’s not kid ourselves…they didn’t lose because of that.

    Only 4-4 against the worst team in the NL that can’t score against anyone but us. More dumb baseball last night…not covering 1B, misplaying flyballs, not hustling, plus a terrible bullpen. This team stinks.

  3. Manny

    May 21, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Wow. A suspension is in order, no?

    I wonder if he was doing that all day, or our offense was just downright pathetic. I thought they’d be smacking the ball right and left after that amazing comeback win…

  4. George

    May 21, 2013 at 11:33 am

    So what if the Phils have a bad offense? What Sanabia did is against the rules and he should have been tossed, even if he only did it once in disgust. Cheating is cheating.

    Tossing him early could have changed the entire game. Getting into a team’s bullpen is generally regarded as a positive thing.

    I think everyone must have been sleeping or watching some busty woman in the first row, because the Phils should have made an issue of this immediately. Wasn’t anyone on the bench paying any attention?

  5. Lefty

    May 21, 2013 at 11:34 am

    The next pitch he threw after the Brown home run was a FB sinker for a ball, and the one after that Delmon Young hit pretty hard to Ruggiano for an out. I wonder if he was doing it the whole game.

    I don’t ever condone cheating, but you gotta admit, if there is ever a good time spit on a ball, it’s when the other team is celebrating a home run. You’d think the umpires would be trained to watch in that situation.

  6. teejvee

    May 21, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    You should ditch this post ,Pat. Leave it to the other media.
    It comes across as lame crybabying.
    This team is a absolutley pathetic right now and one pitch has not a thing to do with that.

    • Chuck A.

      May 21, 2013 at 6:01 pm

      Wrong. A spitball can definitely have something to do with how a team hits.

      • Rudy Canoza

        May 21, 2013 at 6:07 pm

        In that case, I’d say a lot of pitchers must be throwing their spitballs against the Phillies this season!

      • teejvee

        May 21, 2013 at 7:17 pm

        Wow .Talk about denaial. With some rare exceptions, this lineup has been dominated by everyone. Like Rudy said- guess they are all throwing spitballsl. But only against the Phillies, since must of the scrubs that dominate the
        PHillies can’t get anybody else in the league out.

    • George

      May 21, 2013 at 6:17 pm

      It’s not being a crybaby when one is simply reporting what someone did. Nowhere did Pat say it cost the Phils the game or even an out. It’s not even being a tattletale, because everyone (except maybe the idiot umpires) have been pointing out Sanabia’s disgusting and unsanitary behavior, too.

      • frank

        May 21, 2013 at 6:24 pm

        It should be treated the same as ped use. Cheating is cheating.

  7. G7

    May 21, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    From an old hitter..all pitchers cheat!

    • George

      May 22, 2013 at 7:23 am

      I’m sure if a pitcher was asked, he’d tell you all hitters cheat, too.

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