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Clay Buchholz denies claims that he was doctoring baseball

May 2, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

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Former big-league pitcher turned author Dick Hayhurst, who currently does some radio work for the Blue Jays, accused Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz of doctoring the baseball in last night’s win in Toronto.

Buchholz, the AL Pitcher of the Month for April, and manager John Farrell alike denied those claims today. Evan Drellich of has Buchholz’s quote:

There’s a rosin bag behind the mound and it’s there for everybody to use every inning after our warm-up. Put rosin on my arm throughout the game. Sweat, water, whatever. … Sometimes I put a little thing of water on my hip just to get moisture on your hands. Cause sometimes the balls that they throw to you feel like cue balls off a pool table. Got to find a way to get grip. But yeah, I mean, definitely no foreign objects or substances on my arm.

Hayhurst seems to be the only one who believes Buchholz is doing anything illegal. As the Boston Globe’s Peter Abraham pointed out, no team has asked to check the baseball any time Buchholz has thrown this year. Maybe some team will now with the idea that it will throw him off, if nothing else.

  1. randygnyc - May 2, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Inbred cheater

    • kjericho43 - May 2, 2013 at 7:54 PM

      Inbred commenter

      • drewzducks - May 2, 2013 at 8:03 PM

        As a Yankee fan he would know the tell tale signs of cheating.

      • nbjays - May 2, 2013 at 11:03 PM

        And inbreeding

      • scoocha - May 3, 2013 at 1:06 PM

        “As a Yankee fan he would know the tell tale signs of cheating. And inbreeding.”

        And World Series titles, you forgot that one.

        High-class organizations:
        Boston 2 titles in 95 years. 95 years!?! Great work.
        Toronto 2 titles in 35 years.

  2. crispybasil - May 2, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    Well, I don’t assume to know either way, but it would be nice to see the video in question.

  3. bigt12789 - May 2, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    Well considering the Jays are annually accused of stealing signs from the outfield I guess they’d know a thing or two about cheating huh?

    • csh68 - May 2, 2013 at 10:06 PM

      No rule against that, so … kinda hard to cheat. 😉

      • djpostl - Oct 24, 2013 at 12:27 PM

        Other than the part where it involved guys using bluetooths, binoculars and a seat in CF you’re absolutely right!!

        There is a rule about it and it says the above description is, gasp, cheating.

  4. professor30 - May 2, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    who was the reliever that was putting pine tar on the ball last year to get a better grip? nothing happened to him.

  5. badintent - May 2, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    George Brett is still pissed about the pine tar bat

  6. skeleteeth - May 2, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Just another drunk Jays fan.

  7. bigharold - May 2, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    “..Globe’s Peter Abraham pointed out, no team has asked to check the baseball any time Buchholz has thrown this year.”

    Wait till the next time he pitches. I doubt that he’s doing anything but if all the sudden loses his early season mojo, .. let the rumors start flying.

  8. tycobbfromfangraphs - May 2, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    I thought I see a picture of Clay’s arm last start where it looked like he had some THICK sunscreen going on, and was “going to it” with his finger tips. so I tried to google some recent pictures of him and instead came across pics of his wife Lindsay Clubine and now I don’t care any more.

    • MyNameIsWilliamBillForShort - May 2, 2013 at 8:56 PM

      Clay who?

  9. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - May 2, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    Blue Jays Announcer Jack Morris thinks Buccholz is doing something illegal as well:

    • jarathen - May 3, 2013 at 7:53 AM

      He just says that because Buccholz doctors to the score.

  10. gotampabay52 - May 2, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    What do you expect from Boston oh sorry Boston Strong

    • skeleteeth - May 2, 2013 at 9:01 PM

      • indaburg - May 2, 2013 at 9:45 PM

        He doesn’t speak for all of Florida or Tampa Bay. That was a jerk comment. (Funny gif though.)

  11. rundmc81 - May 2, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    Cheating.. The New England way

  12. proudlycanadian - May 2, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    I understand that Buchholz had a criminal record as a teenager.

    • xavier46 - May 2, 2013 at 10:28 PM

      He went from stealing laptops and bangin Penthouse Pets to tying the know with a family friendly model and is now a father. Guess everyone has to grow up eventually.

      • xavier46 - May 2, 2013 at 10:29 PM

        EDIT: knot

    • aceshigh11 - May 3, 2013 at 6:44 AM

      Your bitterness is out of control.

      The Blue Jays suck. Deal with it.

      • proudlycanadian - May 3, 2013 at 7:45 AM

        Grow up. Deal with it.

      • abaird2012 - May 3, 2013 at 8:08 AM

        No, he was right. The Blue Jays DO suck.

    • proudlybostonian - May 3, 2013 at 12:28 PM

      I understand that Melky Cabrera received a 50 game suspension after testing positive for high levels of testosterone. 😉

  13. elmo - May 2, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    From the photographic evidence, it would appear he’s doctoring with some kid’s grubby PB&J fingers.

  14. 13yrsmlbvet - May 2, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    All those guys put bullfrog sunscreen on their forearms and neck, and when you sweat, it makes a very sticky pine tar like substance that is clear. Very common in baseball. Every team does it.

    • tycobbfromfangraphs - May 2, 2013 at 10:48 PM

      Yes, they even do it during the months of April & May in domed stadiums because skin cancer isn’t a joke.

  15. sabatimus - May 2, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    That would be DIRK, not Dick, Matthew. Though perhaps it was Freudian.

  16. drewzducks - May 2, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    That would explain all the complaints by the Jays hitters and coaches sat night during the game. Oh that’s right. I guess if I was the announcer for a second rate team, in a second rate city that has been a huge disappointment so far this season I’d be looking for excuses too. Don’t worry John Gibbons is in complete control of the situation.

  17. 13arod - May 2, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    i beat you he is cheating most pitchers just don’t have success out of know where except forndedo rodney

    • stevequinn - May 3, 2013 at 1:03 AM

      How are you doing in your “English as a Second Language” class?

      • badintent - May 3, 2013 at 2:53 AM

        Gotta be the Bath Salts

  18. deathmonkey41 - May 2, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    Melky Cabrerra said he’s digusted that someone would go as far as to use a foreign substance to give them an edge in the game.

  19. mungman69 - May 3, 2013 at 3:43 AM

    Cheater, cheater, innings eater.

  20. bigdaddy44 - May 3, 2013 at 6:48 AM

    First of all, no one can point out one pitch in that game that looked like there was something funky on the ball. If there was one, the Jays would have been right out complaining to the ump. Second, the people accusing Bucholz cut OFF the video that shows him wiping his hand off AFTER he goes to his arm. This is nothing but attempted gamesmanship by sore losers. Why don’t you start pointing fingers at your Toronto ‘All-Stars’ for sucking, instead of deflecting attention to someone else.

  21. 8man - May 3, 2013 at 7:29 AM


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