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It looks like we have found an answer to what is on Clay's arm. Sunscreen and rosin. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports has done some research, and has found out that nearly every pitcher in the league does it.
Two veteran pitchers and one source close to the Red Sox told Yahoo!
Sports that about 90 percent of major league pitchers use some form of
spray-on sunscreen – almost always BullFrog brand – that when combined
with powdered rosin gives them a far superior grip on the ball.
"Sunscreen and rosin could be used as foundation for houses," one
American League pitcher said. "Produces a tack, glue-like substance that
engineers would be jealous of."
MLB says the balls, dirtied up with Lena Blackburne Baseball Rubbing Mud, are the same as ever.
"There have been no changes to our procedures for the preparation of
baseballs," MLB spokesman Pat Courtney said, adding that "we would look
into any foreign substance that's being used to doctor a ball."
Seeing as sunscreen is neither foreign nor changing the properties of
a ball, BullFrog users look to be safe for now. And good thing.
Now that makes sense. Getting a better grip on the ball makes sense for Clay's pitching repertoire than greasing the ball up.
I doubt this will lead to the banning of sunscreen. I mean, you need to take all of the necessary steps to prevent skin cancer during extended exposure to the sun. Don't know why he needs it in Toronto when the roof is closed. Oh, that's right, we know exactly why he needs it.
As far as I am concerned, Clay Buchholz is doing a great thing. Preventing skin cancer and getting a better grip on the ball with the use of the sunscreen that is not banned. Might as well do as everyone else is and has been doing...as long as it is legal...
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Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz has been accused of doctoring the ball but denied wrongdoing. Has the mystery substance been identified?
Wearing sunscreen at the ballpark is probably a good idea for fans and players. No need to risk melanoma when you're out there under the sun.
However, Boston Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz allegedly has more in mind than protecting himself from skin cancer by applying sunscreen to his arms. More specifically, his left arm.
According to Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan...
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