The 2013 World Series champion weighed in on the Mets star’s theory on Thursday and admitted that while there wasn’t enough evidence to prove the claim, “something is wrong here,” said Middlebrooks at CBS Sports.
Middlebrooks shed light on MLB’s purchase of sporting goods maker Rawlings and how he might support the theory.
“In 2018, MLB bought the rights to Rawlings, the company … for $ 395 million,” he said, adding that the trade deal had been “swept under the rug” for some time.
” Now, [MLB] has the rights and the ability to access the manufacturer of the baseballs they use every day. It’s something to think about. I’m not a big conspiracy theorist here, but I think there is a problem there. And, another thing is that they change the ball every year, what other sport does that? Middlebrooks asked before noting that sports like hockey, tennis, basketball, and soccer don’t change the ball every year.
“All of a sudden in 2018 they’re making bullet juice and then like he said, they had this great class of pitchers. Well these ERAs are obviously through the roof and there are abandoned home runs, abandoned runs, obviously everything is bigger so you don’t have to pay that much for them. It makes sense, ”Middlebrooks continued.
Middlebrooks kept asking, “What are we doing here? Why does baseball change every year to suit the needs and wants of homeowner groups? “Before warning not to forget that” the commissioner works for the owners “.
He added: “Something’s wrong… Hoping something comes out before ABC because it could get really complicated. ”The current collective agreement expires in December.
Middlebrooks said he heard “rumblings like this” theory at the very end of his career. The 32-year-old missed the entire 2018 season with the Orioles after breaking his leg during spring training. He then announced his retirement in January 2019.
Middlebrooks also weighed in on the “sticky stuff” situation, in which MLB is cracking down on pitching friendly foreign substances.
“This problem with the sticky stuff. Hmm, it’s weird that this is happening now in a season where you’ve changed baseball more than you’ve ever done in the past, ”Middlebrooks said. “You can ‘depress’ it by ‘five percent’, but you can’t admit you ‘juice’ it. It doesn’t make sense to me. “
The league did not comment on Alonso’s theory, which he presented as a “fact”.
Alonso expressed his views when MLB informed players of its stricter policy on pitchers approved foreign substances.
“The biggest concern is that MLB is manipulating baseball year after year based on free agency class, or guys being in an advanced part of their officiating,” Alonso said in a video conference with reporters on Wednesday. .
“Maybe if the league didn’t change the baseballs, the guys wouldn’t have to use so much sticky stuff,” he added.