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Gerrit Cole of the New York Yankees Addresses Use of Foreign Substances

Introduction

On Tuesday, June 8th, 2021 the New York Yankees’ veteran ace starting pitcher, Gerrit Cole, addressed the media regarding the usage of foreign substances on the ball when pitching. This is a hot topic surrounding Major League Baseball at the moment as the MLB is cracking down on the utilization of illegal foreign substances by pitchers during ball games.

When Cole was asked about his previous use of illegal foreign substances earlier this week by the media via a videoconference prior to the New York Yankees 3 game series against the Minnesota Twins Gerrit hesitated and struggled to give a straight answer to the simple yes or no question.

It seems quite obvious to me that yes Cole and most likely other New York Yankees have definitely used illegal foreign substances such as Spider Tack in order to increase spin and overall rotations of the baseball. This is obviously a form of cheating. Although players have been using everything from K – Y Jelly, Vaseline, pine tar, files, sandpaper, and of course yes spit.

It is one of those unwritten rules of baseball that it is only considered cheating if you get caught with any of these illegal foreign substances anywhere on you or around the mound during a ball game. Otherwise, it is just considered part of the game, and it has been practiced by pitchers since the early days of professional baseball.

Personally, I am glad that Major League Baseball is cracking down on these illegal practices to restore the integrity of the game as well as balance out the playing field as pitchers seem to have a solid advantage over hitters right now in today’s game. I just hope when pitchers are checked by umpires or other MLB officials that it does not slow the game down any more than it already is due to new aspects such as instant replay challenges.

Media Statements

"I don't [long pause] ... I don't know ... I don't quite know how to answer that, to be honest,” Cole stated. “There are customs and practices that have been passed down from older players to younger players, from the last generation of players to this generation of players, and I think there are some things that are certainly out of bounds in that regard.

Gerrit goes on to say, "This is important to a lot of people who love the game, including the players in this room, including fans, including teams, so if MLB wants to legislate some more stuff, that's a conversation that we can have. Because ultimately we should all be pulling in the same direction on this."

Cole’s Latest Contract with the New York Yankees

Cole’s latest contract that he signed with the New York Yankees back on December 11th, 2019 was for 9 years and was valued at $324,000,000. All $324 million of that deal was guaranteed money as well! If you do the math that equates to $36,000,000 per year, and it was the 4th largest Major League Baseball contract of all time when the transaction occurred prior to the 20220 MLB season.

This new deal is good for the most total money and annual average salary for a big – league pitcher ever. Gerrit’s agent Scott Boris made sure to build in a full no trade clause as well as a player option to opt out of this contract after five years (2024) if Cole chooses to do so.

Baseball Career Achievements, Honors, and Awards

  • 3 Time MLB All – Star (2015, 2018, 2019)
  • All – MLB First Team (2019)
  • All – MLB Second Team (2020)
  • American League ERA Leader (2019)
  • MLB Strikeout Leader (2019)

Current MLB Standings (as of Wednesday, June 9th, 2021)

American League East

Tampa Bay Rays 39 – 23 0 Games Behind

Boston Red Sox 37 – 24 1.5 Games Behind

New York Yankees 32 – 29 6.5 Games Behind

Toronto Blue Jays 30 – 28 7 Games Behind

Baltimore Orioles 22 – 38 16 Games Behind

American League Central

Chicago White Sox 37 – 23 0 Games Behind

Cleveland Indians 32 – 26 4 Games Behind

Kansas City Royals 29 – 30 7.5 Games Behind

Detroit Tigers 25 – 35 12 Games Behind

Minnesota Twins 24 – 36 13 Games Behind

American League West

Oakland Athletics 37 – 26 0 Games Behind

Houston Astros 34 – 26 1.5 Games Behind

Seattle Mariners 30 – 32 6.5 Games Behind

Los Angeles Angels 29 – 32 7 Games Behind

Texas Rangers 24 – 39 13 Games Behind

National League East

New York Mets 29 – 24 0 Games Behind

Atlanta Braves 29 – 29 2.5 Games Behind

Philadelphia Phillies 28 – 31 4 Games Behind

Miami Marlins 26 – 34 6.5 Games Behind

Washington Nationals 24 – 33 7 Games Behind

National League Central

Milwaukee Brewers 34 – 26 0 Games Behind

Chicago Cubs 35 – 27 0 Games Behind

St. Louis Cardinals 31 – 30 3.5 Games Behind

Cincinnati Reds 28 – 30 5 Games Behind

Pittsburgh Pirates 23 – 36 10.5 Games Behind

National League West

San Francisco Giants 38 – 23 0 Games Behind

Los Angeles Dodgers 35 – 25 2.5 Games Behind

San Diego Padres 37 – 27 2.5 Games Behind

Colorado Rockies 24 – 37 14 Games Behind

Arizona Diamondbacks 20 – 43 19 Games Behind

Odds to Win the MLB 2021 World Series

According to Bovada sportsbook below are the odds to win the MLB 2021 World Series as of Wednesday, June 9th, 2021. Currently the New York Yankees have the 5th highest odds to win it all for this exciting 162 game regular season of Major League Baseball in addition to the 2021 MLB playoffs.

Team                                                   Odds
Los Angeles Dodgers                           +325
San Diego Padres                                +750
Chicago White Sox                              +850
New York Mets                                   +1000
New York Yankees                              +1100
Houston Astros                                   +1400
Tampa Bay Rays                                +1500
Boston Red Sox                                  +1500
Oakland Athletics                               +2000
Atlanta Braves                                    +2400
Toronto Blue Jays                               +2500
Milwaukee Brewers                            +2500
San Francisco Giants                          +2800
St. Louis Cardinals                              +3500
Cleveland Indians                                +4500
Chicago Cubs                                      +4500
Los Angeles Angels                             +6000
Cincinnati Reds                                   +6600
Philadelphia Phillies                            +7000
Seattle Mariners                                  +7500
Minnesota Twins                                 +8000
Kansas City Royals                            +10000
Washington Nationals                        +12500
Miami Marlins                                    +15000
Pittsburgh Pirates                                +60000
Detroit Tigers                                     +60000
Texas Rangers                                    +75000
Colorado Rockies                               +100000
Baltimore Orioles                               +100000
Arizona Diamondbacks                      +150000

 

Sources:

“New York Yankees' Gerrit Cole on whether he ever used Spider Tack while pitching: 'I don't quite know how to answer that'”, espn.com, June 8, 2021.

“Spider Tack, goo cops and an open secret: Answering 20 questions about MLB's foreign-substance mess”, Jeff Passan, espn.com, June 9, 2021.

“Gerrit Cole”, spotrac.com, June 9, 2021.

“Gerrit Cole”, baseball-reference.com, June 9, 2021.

“MLB Standings 2021”, espn.com, June 9, 2021.


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