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The Chicago White Sox broadcast highlighted Indians pitcher James Karinchak allegedly keeping a sticky substance inside his glove.
Did the Chicago White Sox catch an opposing pitcher using an illegal substance to get an edge on the mound?
Broadcasters pointed out some suspicious glove work by Cleveland Indians pitcher James Karinchak during the ninth inning between the two teams.
There appeared to be a dark spot inside Karinchak’s glove. Steve Stone of NBC Sports Chicago alleged the pitcher might be using a substance to get a better rotation on his curveball.
The White Sox broadcast wondered if James Karinchak used a sticky substance
If Karinchak was looking to gain an advantage, it didn’t exactly work. He gave up two RBI singles in the inning, nearly blowing the 6-3 lead the Indians held when he came into the game. The bases were loaded when Jose Abreu grounded out to shortstop to end the game at 6-5.
Indians pitching coach Carl Willis told reporters, “We’re going to take care of that this morning and dig into it a little bit,” per Cleveland.com.
Just last week, Chicago had another incident involving a pitcher and an alleged illegal substance. Cardinals manager Mike Shildt was tossed after umpire Joe West told Giovanny Gallegos to change hats because of a suspicious spot on his bill.
Whether you’re a broadcaster or a team making that kind of accusation, it’s best to be careful. People in glass houses may not want to throw stones.
On Wednesday, MLB suspended four minor league pitchers for 10 games over the use of foreign substances to doctor baseballs. Two of the four, Marcus Every of Low-A Kannapolis and Sal Biasi of High-A Winston Salem, are in the White Sox system. Kai-Wei Teng and Mason Englert, minor leaguers with the San Francisco Giants and Texas Rangers, were also suspended.