We had this issue last year and again today,” Carpenter said. “There was absolutely no question. I got balls that there was nothing wrong with...Either they make an adjustment or look into it, (or) ultimately, somebody’s going to get hurt,” Carpenter said. “Something’s going to get away, or whatever, and end up getting somebody in the head. I hope that doesn't happen."
According to the rules of baseball, all balls need to be properly massaged before they are used. Getting balls good and dirty makes them easier not only to hold and control, but also to see and hit. The job of rubbing down balls used to fall to umpires, but this unseemly task was passed on to team employees such as the batboy. The umpire's job, however, is to inspect each ball to ensure they meet the standards set by the MLB. If the accusations of Smoltz and Carpenter are true, then the Cincinnati staff is not properly preparing balls, but even more disturbing, umpires are turning a blind eye to the issue. Either way, something needs to be done to ensure that the balls at Cincinnati are properly prepared.
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