Former Detroit Tigers All-Star Jack Morris, current Toronto Blue Jays broadcaster, stated yesterday that he watched video after Wednesday night’s game between the Jays and Red Sox and truly believes Boston pitcher Clay Buchholz threw a spitball.
Morris’s accusation was not shared with the Red Sox, including manager John Farrell and Buchholz himself, who said it’s the first time he’s been accused of throwing a spitball.
Video of Buchholz rubbing his pitching hand on his left forearm was shown on Toronto’s pregame show last night.
The 28 year-old Buchholz has won each of his first six starts, including Wednesday’s when he held the Blue Jays to two hits in seven scoreless innings. The right-hander, who has a 1.01 ERA, was named American League Pitcher of the Month yesterday.
According to Morris he went to Farrell and told him of his suspicions. He stated he saw Buchholz repeatedly going to his left forearm, which he said was clearly smeared with a substance that Buchholz was rubbing onto the ball.
Morris won 254 games over the course of an 18-year MLB career. YouWager bettors might recall the 5x All-Star player for one of the greatest pitching performances in World Series history, when he was with the MinnesotaTwins and beat the Atlanta Braves, 1-0, in 10 innings in Game 7 of the 1991 Series.
According to former major league pitcher Dirk Hayhurst, now a broadcast analyst for the Blue Jays, Buchholz was “absolutely” cheating in Wednesday’s start.