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DENVER (AP) - Umpires are keeping a close eye on game balls at Coors Field after the San Francisco Giants expressed concern to the commissioner’s office that the Colorado Rockies might be using “juiced” balls when they’re batting.
Major League Baseball spokesman Pat Courtney confirmed that umpires were instructed to monitor the game balls used Saturday night in the Giants-Rockies game. Courtney said the Giants spoke to MLB about the Rockies possibly using balls that weren’t properly stored in the humidor at Coors Field.
“Complaint is too strong of a word,” Courtney told The Associated Press. “There was concern raised.”
For nine years, baseballs to be used in Rockies home games have been stored in a humidor, which helps keep them from becoming dried out and more hitter-friendly in Denver’s thin air.
Before each game, balls are taken out of the humidor and rubbed up by the umpires’ attendant. They are then placed in a ball bag and put back into the humidor. After the national anthem, the bag is taken to the Rockies‘ dugout and those balls are used during the game.
Umpires were instructed Saturday to monitor the pregame process and make sure nothing fishy was going on.
“We got the bag and brought it over here about a half an hour before the game,” crew chief John Hirschbeck said after Colorado beat the Giants 10-9 in 10 innings. “Our clubhouse person brought them out. That’s what baseball wants us to do over the weekend, so I will.
“There’s nothing going on here. This is a bunch of (nonsense), it really is,” he added. “They just scored 19 runs. I mean, come on. There’s nothing going on here.”
Giants spokesman Jim Moorehead said the team mentioned the issue to the commissioner’s office before arriving at Coors Field for a key series this weekend. MLB decided to have umpires keep track of the balls going from the humidor into play, and that started Saturday night.
“It’s just to keep a constant visual on the process,” Courtney said.
San Francisco won the series opener 2-1 Friday night behind ace Tim Lincecum, but the two-time Cy Young Award winner wasn’t satisfied with all the balls he was given.
“I thought in the back of my mind, this ball doesn’t feel like it’s a buffed-up ball. It doesn’t feel like the ball I got a couple of balls ago,” Lincecum said Saturday. “In a situation like that you just throw it back and hopefully get a new one, one that feels right.”
Lincecum was caught on video saying “juiced ball,” and using an expletive.
By Tammy Bruce
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