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MLB finds 'no evidence' of Rivera 'spitball'

Oct 20, 2009, 2:29 PM EDT

As a follow-up to Craig’s article this morning, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that MLB “found no evidence that Mariano Rivera spit on the ball” after reviewing video and photos from Game 3 of the ALCS.
Craig already covered just about everything involved in this “story” but my take is that it’s unclear from the video if Rivera was spitting on the baseball or simply near the baseball.
In either case he made zero effort to hide what he was doing, which would obviously be pretty odd if he was, you know, actually attempting to cheat.
Sherman notes that “Rivera is a player who spits constantly while in action” and has never been accused of doctoring a baseball in the past.
In other words, hopefully we’re done with this whole thing, because it’s pretty silly and not nearly as amusing as the last time a star player from New York was accused of spitting. “That is one magic loogy.”
Roger McDowell was unavailable for comment.

  1. Mode:Theif and Lair - Oct 20, 2009 at 2:36 PM

    What!?!?!?
    There’s a ball, spit, and Mariano Rivera RIGHT IN THE PICTURE!!
    What’s missing?
    Oh yeah, perspective.

  2. Sue - Oct 20, 2009 at 3:22 PM

    Who the hell spits in a perfectly straight line????

  3. RudeDog - Oct 20, 2009 at 3:23 PM

    Did anyone actually think that MLB would do anything about this? Even if there was a zoomed in shot of the snotball landing on the baseball and the video continued uncut until after Rivera threw the pitch there is no way MLB would do anything. It’s the Yankees! No one wants them to win more than MLB and the East Coast biased media. You tell me what is better for MLB, the Yankees winning or the team that has no identity, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim? Give me a break! Everyone knows there is only one team in L.A. and that’s the Dodgers. 90% of the country knows Disneyland is in Anaheim but probably has no idea where Anaheim is. GO ANGELS!
    Signed,
    Long time ANAHEIM Angels Fan

  4. Talex - Oct 20, 2009 at 3:24 PM

    Unfortunately, the immutable laws of physics contradict the whole spitting episode: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkCQ8qR5-i0

  5. ken - Oct 20, 2009 at 3:28 PM

    Is the media stupid? and “you can’t fix stupid”.

  6. GMoney NYC - Oct 20, 2009 at 3:28 PM

    The greatest closer of all time achieved his greatness with spitballs. Grow up.

  7. RudeDog - Oct 20, 2009 at 3:35 PM

    You’re right GMoney, why would anyone think that a Yankee would cheat? It’s not like ARod or Giambi or Clem ever took steriods. Oh sorry bad example. We’ll Reggie never intentially got in the way of a throw while running from first to second, oops I did it again……Well what about??????………….Nevermind

  8. Mean Canine - Oct 20, 2009 at 3:56 PM

    Nobody really cares where Anaheim is. Nobody gives a crap about a team who’s name is way too effing long. And, truth is, nobody really cares about the Angels. Even if they win it all this year, nobody will expect them to win again next year. There are no expectations with most teams. Good luck to you and your Angels, honestly! I hope the best team wins. I hope the Yankees are the best team this year, spitballs or not. But come on…you don’t REALLY think that Mariano Rivera blatently spit on a ball, do you? I would think that most people are smarter than that. And if he did spit on the ball, even Mariano Rivera wouldn’t escape punishment. He might have gotten away with that 50 years ago…but not today, Dude. Get real.

  9. brian - Oct 20, 2009 at 4:02 PM

    Typical. MLB loves the yankess. Wait till the salary cap. Than see how good the yankees are.

  10. bh0673 - Oct 20, 2009 at 4:06 PM

    Rudedog you need to come back to earth, MLB and the “east Coast media” do not protect the Yankees in fact they will jump on the negative kick them when their down bandwagon as quickly as the support one. Most national sports seem to love the Cardinals, they are the prodigal sons.

  11. ripoldo - Oct 20, 2009 at 4:06 PM

    Hey, your talking about Mariano?
    No not these man, He is a real Cristiaan, no
    way he is going to cheat, he is a preacher, and very
    soon he is going back to his nation to Preach in his
    oun Church,he become a pro pro profeshional.
    Ripoldo
    Aruba

  12. bh0673 - Oct 20, 2009 at 4:09 PM

    the funny thing is you are correct there Canine, if you look at what teams draw higher attendence on the road the Angels are 30 out of 30. Imagine the Royals and Pirates draw better on the road then the Angels.

  13. bh0673 - Oct 20, 2009 at 4:18 PM

    and Brian go back and look up 1994 BAseball Strike, it was the players who rejected the salary cap and if you do a little more homework and look up every record contract that drove up the price of players. LEts see The White Sox – Albert Belle, The Dodgers – KEvin Brown and the Rangers (not the Yankees) – A-Rod. To me the one contract that stood out was the $30 plus million the Diamondbacks gave to Jay Bell forever escalating the price of declining so so talent. Then also look at the Yankees Payroll the bulk of their payroll is made up of resigning their own free agents. I guess in your mind the Yankees shouldn’t resign the likes of Jeter, Posada, and Rivera.
    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/teams/salaries?team=nyy

  14. Mickey - Oct 20, 2009 at 4:21 PM

    Are the people who don’t see Rivera spitting on the ball the same people who viewed the Rodney King video and vindicated the police the first go around?????????

  15. voiceofreason - Oct 20, 2009 at 4:24 PM

    This controversy would make more sense if Mo actually threw a spit ball. Spit balls act like knuckleballs they kinda move in ways that a pitch should not move in. Mo throws cutters that have a distinct movement. At no time did any of the umps or opposing coaches look at any of the pitches he threw and asked for the ball to be inspected. That is because he threw cut fast balls. If they all of a sudden started dancing in a strange fashion then the red flag would go up because that is a spit ball.

  16. RudeDog - Oct 20, 2009 at 4:30 PM

    I never said he blatently spit on the ball, I said MLB wouldn’t do anything if he did and you repeated my point about the identity of the Angels and their way too “effing” long name. Typical Yankee fan!
    I hope nobody ever finds out where Anaheim is, there are way too many east coast idiots out here already. Stay home, cus out your mom and root for your pinstrips. We don’t want you here in Southern California.

  17. bh0673 - Oct 20, 2009 at 4:38 PM

    Don’t worry Rude Dog La is probably the last place people on the east coast would want to be. If Rivera blantantly spit on the ball there is enough coverage from every angle thay would have exposed it by now. MAybe you should spend more time playing with your Thunder Sticks and Rally Monkey and try not to act like you are an expert on what east coast people really think. Your ignorance is more from what you don’t really know then what you actually know.

  18. bh0673 - Oct 20, 2009 at 4:39 PM

    Hey Rude Dog in your list of cheaters why did you leave out Gary Matthews is it cause he is an Angel?

  19. RudeDog - Oct 20, 2009 at 4:46 PM

    No, it’s because he sucks and I hope he’s a yankee next year. He will fit right in with you guys Overpaid & Overrated

  20. bh0673 - Oct 20, 2009 at 4:54 PM

    He will never be a Yankee, someday you will understand the Yankees are not what you think.

  21. RudeDog - Oct 20, 2009 at 4:58 PM

    I know I hate the yankees and their fans!
    You are absolutely right why would anyone want to come to Sunny Southern California with our beautiful weather, great beaches, gorgeous women. You are right, please stay away. So Cal sucks!
    By the way, I hear St. Johns basketball is going to suck this year AGAIN. Congrats! At least the knicks are great! oops!

  22. bh0673 - Oct 20, 2009 at 4:59 PM

    Other then A-Rod who they traded Soriano for and then resigned to the contract Tom Hicks gave him show me who is over rated.
    Player Salary (US$)
    1. Alex Rodriguez 33,000,000
    2. Derek Jeter 21,600,000
    3. Mark Teixeira 20,625,000
    4. A.J. Burnett 16,500,000
    5. CC Sabathia 15,285,714
    6. Mariano Rivera 15,000,000
    7. Jorge Posada 13,100,000
    8 a. Johnny Damon 13,000,000
    8 b. Hideki Matsui 13,000,000
    10. Xavier Nady 6,550,000
    11. Robinson Cano 6,000,000
    12. Andy Pettitte 5,500,000
    13. Nick Swisher 5,400,000
    14. Chien-Ming Wang 5,000,000
    15. Damaso Marte 3,750,000
    16. Jose Molina 2,125,000
    17. Jerry Hairston Jr. 2,000,000
    18. Eric Hinske 1,500,000
    19. Melky Cabrera 1,400,000
    20. Brian Bruney 1,250,000
    21. Andrew Brackman 450,000
    22. Joba Chamberlain 432,575
    23. Edwar Ramirez 422,450
    24. Brett Gardner 414,000
    25. Ian Kennedy 408,925
    26. Phil Hughes 407,650
    27. David Robertson 406,825
    28. Alfredo Aceves 406,750
    29. Phil Coke 403,300
    30. Jonathan Albaladejo 403,075
    31. Humberto Sanchez 401,050
    32 a. Francisco Cervelli 400,000
    32 b. Mark Melancon 400,000
    32 c. Wilkin De La Rosa 400,000
    32 d. Christian Garcia 400,000
    32 e. Michael Dunn 400,000
    32 f. Ramiro Pena 400,000
    Total Team Salary: 208,097,414

  23. bh0673 - Oct 20, 2009 at 5:00 PM

    Just a few free agents shy of the Yankees.
    1. Torii Hunter 18,000,000
    2. Vladimir Guerrero 15,000,000
    3. Gary Matthews Jr. 10,400,000
    4 a. Kelvim Escobar 10,000,000
    4 b. John Lackey 10,000,000
    6. Brian Fuentes 8,500,000
    7. Scott Kazmir 6,000,000
    8. Chone Figgins 5,775,000
    9 a. Scot Shields 5,000,000
    9 b. Bobby Abreu 5,000,000
    11. Ervin Santana 3,800,000
    12. Darren Oliver 3,665,000
    13. Juan Rivera 3,250,000
    14. Mike Napoli 2,000,000
    15. Maicer Izturis 1,600,000
    16 a. Kendry Morales 1,100,000
    16 b. Robb Quinlan 1,100,000
    18. Joe Saunders 475,000
    19 a. Jered Weaver 465,000
    19 b. Howie Kendrick 465,000
    21. Erick Aybar 460,000
    22 a. Reggie Willits 450,000
    22 b. Jeff Mathis 450,000
    24. Dustin Moseley 435,000
    25. Jose Arredondo 410,000
    26. Brandon Wood 405,000
    27. Jason Bulger 403,000
    28. Kevin Jepsen 401,000
    29 a. Freddy Sandoval 400,000
    29 b. Mark Trumbo 400,000
    29 c. Fernando Rodriguez 400,000
    29 d. Sean O’Sullivan 400,000
    29 e. Rafael Rodriguez 400,000
    29 f. Bobby Mosebach 400,000
    29 g. Anthony Ortega 400,000
    29 h. Terry Evans 400,000
    29 i. Ryan Budde 400,000
    29 j. Matt Brown 400,000
    29 k. Bobby Wilson 400,000
    29 l. Matt Palmer 400,000
    Total Team Salary: 118,964,0

  24. RudeDog - Oct 20, 2009 at 5:03 PM

    “someday you will understand the Yankees are not what you think.”
    Tell the rest of the world! Evryone knows that the Yankees TRY to buy the World Series every year. Too bad the lowly Angels have punked them twice recently.

  25. bh0673 - Oct 20, 2009 at 5:03 PM

    Rudedog I live on the Jersey Shore where we have beautiful beaches perfect weather in the summer and the change of seasons. Trust me I would never leave the beautiful Jersey Shore for LA, and I have been there I know, have you been here?

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