The topic of pitchers using illegal substances to enhance their grip on the baseball to gain a competitive advantage was all the rage on Wednesday, but an unlikely source is telling pitchers to keep on doing what they’re doing — with a curveball.
New York Mets all-star first baseman Pete Alonso spoke with reporters ahead of New York’s Wednesday night game against the Baltimore Orioles, and said he doesn’t have a problem with pitchers using whatever they have to in order to get a better grip on the baseball.
“Since the start of the game, pitchers have been using ‘substances’ — I mean, there’s a bag of rosin behind the mound right now to help guys dry their hands and get grip,” Alonso said. “For me, I think whether they’re using pine tar, rosin, Bullfrog, sunscreen and rosin, whatever they want to use to help control the ball, let them use it. Because for me, I go in the box every