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Outside The Confines: Baseball’s sticky situation

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Spider Tack or Sunscreen, baseball needs to get its fingers out of the goop.

New York Yankees v Minnesota Twins Photo by David Berding/Getty Images

I can’t say I had ever heard of Spider Tack before this week. I also don’t think I can imagine a worse response to “have you ever used Spider Tack” than this from Gerrit Cole:

It seems that one of baseball’s longest-running dirty little secrets is now making pitchers say “out, damn spot” as they try to get themselves clean before any fallout reaches them. Yes, players are using sticky substances. Yes, they have been for ages. Yes, older generations passed this down to younger ones. It seems strange, now, that this is the hill where MLB has decided to draw a line on conduct.

This will surely be a topic for debate for a long while to come, and it’s one where people will have a lot of varied opinions, so for your reading pleasure, here’s a small sampling of some of those opinions collected in one list.

And now onto the rest of the links!

And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster. Make it so.