Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 5/21/13
MIAMI Dont be so fast to label Miami Marlins right-hander Alex Sanabia the majors latest spitballer. Social media was abuzz Tuesday after TV cameras caught Sanabia spitting on a baseball after giving up a home run to Philadelphias Domonic Brown in the second inning of Miamis 5-1 victory Monday night. The video shows Sanabia spitting on and then rubbing a new ball as he walks onto the mound. Rule 8.02(a)(2) in the Official Baseball Rules includes a phrase that says a pitcher can not expectorate on the ball, either hand or glove. A comment beneath adds that if a pitcher violates the rule but in the judgment of the umpire did not intend to alter a pitch, the umpire can warn the pitcher instead of ejecting him from the game. Sanabia didnt want to talk before Tuesday nights game, but neither manager thought the pitchers action was a big deal. I guess when that happened, (umpire) Joe (West) threw that ball out, Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. I guess he must have seen it. I think obviously it was unintentional. Sanabia was rubbing the ball. I dont think it was an intentional thing. I think he just did it without even knowing it. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said he didnt see Sanabia spit on the ball but shrugged off the incident It happens all the time, Manuel said. Charlie McCarthy can be reached at mac1763@bellsouth.net or on Twitter @mccarthy_chas.
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