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.gif: Alex Sanabia spitting on a baseball

Posted By Bill Baer On May 21, 2013 @ 12:20 am In .gifs,MLB,Philadelphia Phillies | 16 Comments

After Domonic Brown hit a solo home run in the top of the second inning to tie the game at 1-1, Marlins starter Alex Sanabia received a new baseball from home plate umpire Sam Holbrook and promptly glazed it with spit as seen here:

Given the various gymnastics that can occur within MLB’s rules, there might be a loophole, but if my reading of the rules is correct, Sanabia violated Rule 8.02 (a)(2):

The pitcher shall not —


(2) expectorate [spit] on the ball, either hand or his glove;

You can watch the whole event here, with the infraction occurring about 15 seconds in.

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