Yankees’ Gerrit Cole doesn’t deny using “Spider Tack”

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May 28, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, United States; New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) pitches during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

New York Yankees right-hander Gerrit Cole did not deny using foreign substances on baseball when asked directly about the recent allegations at a press conference on Tuesday.

Minnesota Twins third baseman Josh Donaldson called out Cole late last week as a pitcher who uses an illegal substance.

According to recent reports, the substance “Spider Tack” is used by pitchers to have better grip on the ball. Athletic has reported that Major League Baseball is investigating the substance that greatly increases pitching turnover rates.

When asked directly if he had used Spider Tack, Cole was silent for about five seconds before responding.

“I don’t know if – I’m not sure how to answer that question to be honest,” Cole said ahead of Tuesday’s game against the Twins.

Cole then gave a curvy response in which he neither denied – nor confirmed – that he was using Spider Tack, which would be easy to hide when a pitcher is on the mound.

“There are customs and practices that have been passed down from older players to younger players, from the latest generation of players to this generation of players, and I think there are some things that are definitely off limits to this regard and I have remained pretty firm on this and on our communications between our peers and so on, ”Cole said.

“Again, as I mentioned earlier, this is important to a lot of people who love the game, including the players in this room, including the fans, including the teams. If MLB is to legislate about other things, it’s a conversation we can have because at the end of the day we should all be pulling in the same direction on this. “

Cole is scheduled to start against Donaldson and the Twins on Wednesday.

MLB recently suspended four minor league pitchers for using illegal substances. And Donaldson said there is a correlation with those suspensions and why Cole’s turnover rate was drastically reduced on his last outing.

Cole (6-3) was roughed up for five runs in five innings by the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday, before Donaldson’s charges. Cole’s ERA increased from 1.78 to 2.26.

“Is it a coincidence that Gerrit Cole’s turnover rate dropped after four Minor Leaguers were suspended for 10 games?” Donaldson said. “Is it possible? I don’t know. Maybe. At the same time, with this situation, they let the guys do it.”

Cole claimed he was just not keen on the exit. He wasn’t happy with Donaldson’s comments either.

“Yeah, I mean, I heard about it this week. Obviously that’s not desirable, but I understand that this topic is important to anyone who cares about the game,” Cole said. “As far as Josh in particular, I mean, I kind of felt like he was a bit of a handy fruit, but he has a right to have his opinion and to express his opinion. opinion.”

Cole has been a solid pitcher in five seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates, going 59-42 with a 3.50 ERA from 2013 to 2017. He struck out 734 batters in 782 1/3 inning.

He was traded to the Houston Astros and his results improved quickly. He went 35-10 with 2.68 ERA in two years, and whipped up 602 batters in just 412 2/3 innings.

Cole cashed as a free agent and was awarded a nine-year, $ 324 million contract with the Yankees. He’s 13-6 with a 2.54 ERA in 198 strikeouts in 148 2/3 innings in 24 starts in two seasons.

–Field level media

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