The Red Sox currently have the best record in Major League Baseball. The biggest reason for this is the resurgence of their once great starting rotation, led by Clay Bucholz and his 1.01 ERA and 6-0 record through his first six starts. However, it seems not everybody is willing to believe that Bucholz could be so bad last year (4.56 ERA with a record of 11-8) and then just turn things around so completely without a little artificial assistance. And by “not everybody” I mean Toronto Blue Jays broadcasters Dirk Hayhurst and Jack Morris, who both accused Bucholz of cheating during his commanding start against the Blue Jays last week.
So it is true? Well, that remains to be seen. But if it is, Bucholz would hardly be the first pitcher to doctor a baseball. In fact, it’s assumed and almost expected that many if not most guys will try to do something to a ball at some point in their careers to get a little more action on their pitches. The only time people really get upset about it are when the cheating is obvious…and their team is losing.
Today, in honor of the amusing Clay Bucholz-Jack Morris controversy, let’s take a look at some of the most notable examples of cheating pitchers throughout the modern history of Major League Baseball.