Clay Buchholz accused of doctoring baseballs against Toronto Blue Jays

The Blue Jays have come up with an answer for Clay Buchholz's dominance

5/3/13 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Apr 3, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA;  Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz (11) pitches during the first inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY SportsToronto Blue Jays announcers, including wannabe Hall of Famer Jack Morris, have decided that they're tired of Clay Buchholz and the Red Sox steamrolling over the rest of the AL East.

Their solution? Accuse Buchholz of cheating.

Morris is trying to say that Buchholz is somehow doctoring the baseball and putting a foreign substance of some sort on it.

"It was all over his forearm, all over the lower part of his T-shirt, it's all in his hair. I can't prove anything. I can't prove anything. Funny thing, the way the game is played today. In our generation, every player, every coach would have seen it, the umpire would have gone out and made him change, made him stop and that changes everything. Or else they throw him out of the game. So what kind of bugs all of us is nothing is done here."

Actual Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley isn't impressed by Morris' posturing.

"Where’s Jack Morris been all these years, anyway? He finally gets a job up there in Toronto and he has to make statements like that and take away from what this kid has done? I think it’s wrong. He’s pitched long enough to know. Guys, you talk about stick-’em, whatever that is, pine tar. He knows that you go to something if you’re sweaty just to get a grip. It’s all about a grip. You saw the comment — that guy [Hayhurst] backed off a little bit, saying maybe it’s rosin, maybe it’s this, but if you just watch the game, you know: the ball disappears on you. When you throw a spitball, the ball falls off the table, and you know it right away. The hitters didn’t complain, but Jack Morris is. I think Jack Morris should zip it. I feel sorry for Buchholz to even have to deal with this. I’m styling here, and you’re taking away from me, a guy that can’t even make it to the Hall of Fame yet, and he’s chirping over there — zip it."

As both a Red Sox fan and a firm believer that Jack Morris should never step foot in the Hall of Fame without paying admission, I love Eck's response.

Buchholz and the rest of the Red Sox pitching staff are clearly benefitting from the return of their old pitching coach John Farrell, who left the Blue Jays to manage in Boston.

The Blue Jays are obviously a little bitter that the Boston job was perceived to be better than the same position in Toronto, and Morris wants to hate on the success that Buchholz (the AL Pitcher of the Month for April) is having.

Nice try, Jack.
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5/8/13   |   Sharp Square   |   11945 respect


kid got slapped around like a wet mop last season so boston knows how to fix that problem just cheat enlightened   im in no way surprised. 

5/4/13   |   ML31   |   3675 respect

The only thing I really had an issue with is Eckersley saying Morris' comments are less substantial because he isn't in the Hall of Fame.  First, that doesn't disqualify him from having an opinion.  And next, Eck shouldn't take that high road as he is one of the many players in who I don't think ought to be in in the first place.  So him going that route is dubious at best.

5/3/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

I'll point out that the other guy making the accusation is Dirk Hayhurst, former pitcher with parts of two seasons in the bigs. If you haven't read his books, do so, they're great. He's a thoughtful guy who isn't just going to say this to get attention. He writes today that while he isn't apologizing, he also doesn't think it's that big a deal. You don't have to agree with him, but I wanted to put that out there.

That leads to my issue with Eck. His defense of Buchholz is basically an ad hominem of Morris and Hayhurst. What does Morris's inability to get in the Hall of Fame, or Hayhurst's short big league career have to do with anything?

(BTW, I have no idea if Buchholz is doctoring the ball. I haven't seen the video in question, and I can't say I care that much.)

5/3/13   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Pat wrote:
No, absolutely not. I would praise Morris for his astute observation, and crucify the Yankees pitcher, who would almost certainly be guilty beyond a shadow of a doubt.

Hahahaha. I actually laughed out loud

5/3/13   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Dan_B wrote:
Hypothetical question. If the same accusations were levied by Jack Morris against a similarly-successful pitcher on the New York Yankees, would you have had the same reaction?

No, absolutely not. I would praise Morris for his astute observation, and crucify the Yankees pitcher, who would almost certainly be guilty beyond a shadow of a doubt.

5/3/13   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Hypothetical question. If the same accusations were levied by Jack Morris against a similarly-successful pitcher on the New York Yankees, would you have had the same reaction?

5/3/13   |   mcleodglen   |   32 respect

Not sure if this is the right answer however.