Clay Buchholz accused of cheating by two Blue Jays analysts
Two Toronto Blue Jays analysts have accused Boston Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz of doctoring his pitches in Wednesday’s 10-1 Red Sox victory.
Former pitcher and current Blue Jays analyst Dirk Hayhurst tweeted that he saw Buchholz “loading the ball” with a substance during Wednesday’s broadcast. And former Blue Jays star Jack Morris said it looked like Buchholz, at one point, was throwing a “spitter.”
“I found out because the guys on the video camera showed it to me right after the game,” Morris said, according to ESPN. “I didn’t see it during the game. They showed it to me and said, ‘What do you think of this?’ and I said, ‘Well, he’s throwing a spitter. Cause that’s what it is.”
After his tweet late Wednesday night, Hayhurst told Toronto radio station Sportsnet 590 The Fan on Thursday that Buchholz was “absolutely” cheating in Wednesday’s start.
Forget the hair, I just saw video of Buchholz loading the ball with some Eddie Harris worthy slick’em painted up his left forearm. Wow.
— Dirk Hayhurst (@TheGarfoose) May 2, 2013
For his part, Buchholz didn’t take too kindly to the suggestion that he was cheating. He said he loads his arm with rosin and occasionally wets his fingers to get a better grip. He was backed up by Red Sox manager John Farrell, who was visibly irritated when answering questions about it.
“He’s got rosin on his arm,” Farrell said, according to ESPN. “He’s not loading up. He’s got rosin on his arm. As soon as someone pitches well or does well, they’re cheating.”
Buchholz (6-0) leads the majors in wins and the AL in ERA (1.01).