Jon Lester accused of foreign substance on glove in World Series
ASSOCIATED PRESS October 24, 2013 3:42PM
In this photo taken Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester waits to throw during the first inning of Game 1 of baseball's World Series in Boston. Tyler Melling, a Cardinals minor leaguer has suggested Lester may have used a foreign substance to aid his pitches during his win over St. Louis in the World Series opener. Melling wrote Wednesday night on Twitter: "Jon Lester using a little Vaseline inside the glove tonight?" with a screen shot appearing to show discoloration on Lester's black glove. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Updated: October 24, 2013 3:48PM
BOSTON — Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell said there was nothing but rosin — which is perfectly legal — on Jon Lester’s glove when he beat the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of the World Series.
A Cardinals minor leaguer posted a screen shot on Twitter showing a green substance on Lester’s glove. Tyler Melling, a 25-year-old pitcher in the Florida State League, wrote: “Jon Lester using a little Vaseline inside the glove tonight?”
But Farrell said Lester uses rosin, which is provided on the pitcher’s mound, to get a better grip.
“If you know Jon Lester, he sweats like a pig and he needs rosin,” Farrell said before Game 2 on Thursday. “I don’t see this as anything at all.”
Major League Baseball said in a statement Thursday that “we cannot draw any conclusions from this video. There were no complaints from the Cardinals and the umpires never detected anything indicating a foreign substance throughout the game.”
Section 8.02 of the Official Baseball Rules says a pitcher “shall not apply a foreign substance of any kind to the ball” and says the penalty for a violation is ejection and an automatic suspension.
“MLB has obviously evaluated it and issued a statement,” Farrell said. “We consider it closed.”
Melling’s tweet was later deleted.
Lester allowed five hits in 7 2-3 scoreless innings with eight strikeouts and a walk as the Red Sox won 8-1.