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C.J. Wilson blames erratic inning on slippery baseballs, accuses Rangers of tomfoolery

Sep 28, 2013, 9:37 AM EDT

Mike Butcher, C.J. Wilson AP

Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson was exceptionally wild in the third inning last night against the Rangers at the Ballpark in Arlington, walking one batter while hitting two others and throwing three wild pitches. When asked after the game about what caused the erratic frame, Wilson indicated to the Orange County Register that he thought his former team purposely gave him bad baseballs.

“One out of every four was rubbed, and three of every four was basically brand new. The balls were kind of squirting around. A couple balls got away. If you’re a lefty and you hit a lefty with a slider, that’s obviously not what you are trying to do right there.”

Are you going to call it a coincidence? It’s not a coincidence. Let’s be honest.

Quite a claim. While Wilson believes the Rangers were up to some funny business, he should take it up with the umpiring crew if he has an issue with the baseballs. As Todd Wilis of points out, an umpires room attendant typically rubs down the baseballs, but it’s the duty of the crew chief to make sure that they are ready to go.

Wilson actually ended up making it through six innings last night while giving up three runs. The Rangers went on to win the game 5-3.

  1. flamethrower101 - Sep 28, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    It’s quotes like this that make players comes off as lacking in accountability, though if it is true it’s quite a display of how desperate the Rangers are feeling coming off two straight September collapses.

    • jjared1101 - Sep 28, 2013 at 9:54 AM

      “As Todd Wilis of points out, an umpires room attendant typically rubs down the baseballs, but it’s the duty of the crew chief to make sure that they are ready to go.”

      • flamethrower101 - Sep 28, 2013 at 10:13 AM

        Which means CJ has no basis for his accusations and, like I said, he comes off sounding like he lacks accountability. Or perhaps the fact that he’s gotten bashed around by his former club since joining the Angels is finally taking its toll.

    • Michael - Sep 28, 2013 at 3:30 PM

      It takes a looooong stretch to make this an organizational issue. It’s simply one player who doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

      If you REALLY wanted to search for a larger motivation, the most likely would be that Wilson wants to protect his own future earnings by making excuses when he has a bad outing.

  2. steelhammer92 - Sep 28, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    If you don’t like the baseball, throw it back to the catcher and the umpire will hand him a new one. Problem solved.

    • Michael - Sep 28, 2013 at 3:31 PM

      And if you’re noticing balls aren’t rubbed at all, mention it to the damn ump.

  3. beefytrout - Sep 28, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    why would the Rangers want to increase the chance that Wilson has poor command – and would therefore be more likely to hit their own players?

    also, how does Wilson explain his poor performance against the Rangers before last night?

    • dan1111 - Sep 28, 2013 at 12:20 PM

      Not that I believe there is anything to C.J.’s claims, but I think most teams in a tight playoff race would love for the opposing pitcher to lose his command–even if it is a bit risky.

  4. rbj1 - Sep 28, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    It’s a poor craftsman who blames his tools.

    • nsideindy - Sep 28, 2013 at 12:45 PM

      On the other hand, would you really be shocked if you found out it really happened? It’s not like we haven’t seen cheating in baseball.

      • dan1111 - Sep 28, 2013 at 4:38 PM

        Sure, teams might be willing to bend the rules to gain an edge, but I would be surprised if this happened. The game baseballs are tightly controlled to prevent doctoring.

      • nsideindy - Sep 29, 2013 at 10:19 AM

        I don’t think it happened either…it just wouldn’t surprise me if it were true.

  5. droptheguillotine - Sep 28, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Wilson, just accept the fact you lost and didn’t pitch well, and improve from it. Excuses just set you back.

  6. dubyad3 - Sep 28, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    He’s notorious for lacking ball control…..he’s just trying to find someone to blame it on other than himself. Nice try CJ…..pound sand

  7. thegonz13 - Sep 28, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Dude, you had a bad day. Man up, admit it and move on. This just makes you look like a whiny kid.

  8. jesusnut2 - Sep 28, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    CJ always was a whiner……making up excuses for his losses or erratic pitching. Don’t expect him to be any different just because he changes teams. It’s really sad. He has talent, just no maturity. Rub the ball yourself if you don’t like the feel or just throw it back to the Ump. Quit making excuses for your lack of performance! But most important……JUST GROW UP!

  9. historiophiliac - Sep 28, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    It’s been awhile since our last shenanigans and the pool party hijinks. I could use a little tomfoolery — mostly as a hold over to playoff antics and monkey business.

  10. coloradogolfcoupons - Sep 28, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    CJ, if you have slippery balls, you need to see a doctor. The should be dry and tight IMO.

    I see you decided to give Angel fans a dose of the excuses you gave us in Texas after every playoff game flop. A man with a HUGE walk rate now blaming the BALL???

    Jesus, you have thrown a million balls back to the ump during your career. All of a sudden you say “This ball is slippery…but I am too lazy tonight to ask the ump for a new one? I have a hot date tonight, need to get ready? WTF?

    Stupidest excuse you’ve ever made…complete lack of credibility, from a no-class loser and supreme playoff choker who is still mad Texas didn’t make you an offer. Tough titty. Grow up idiot, we know who you are, and it ain’t credible.

  11. tomcreanshair - Sep 28, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    CJ-If you don’t trust others to rub your balls for you, then simply rub them yourself…..

  12. jimatkins - Sep 28, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Watched the game last night- CJ did seem to be throwing a lot of balls back to the ump for replacement. On the other hand, he got a lot better in the fourth and fifth. Did the Rangers suddenly run out of bacon grease or WD-40? Not buying the excuse for probably one of the worst pitched innings I’ve seen in a long time.

  13. bgkasmir1989 - Sep 28, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    I agree with the consensus, CJ is a whiny child with tons of potential, but no maturity. Just man up and admit you failed your team with a lousy performance.

  14. markofapro - Sep 28, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    I believe CJ.

  15. markofapro - Sep 28, 2013 at 5:25 PM


  16. zerohandicapper - Sep 28, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    You will see this in every major league umpires room. His claims are pathetic.

  17. brianc6234 - Oct 1, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    The Rangers definitely did something. I bet they paid off the umpires to do it even. You can’t trust those Texas cheaters. At least they lost to the Rays last night though. Once again they choke their season away.

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