Chris Bassitt tears up MLB baseballs after final hits

ST. LOUIS Enough is enough.

After five batters (three on his own team) were hit by pitches Tuesday night, Mets right-hander Chris Bassitt begged MLB to step up and fix the problem.

“MLB has a very big problem with baseballs — they’re bad,” Bassitt said after his team’s 3-0 win over the Cardinals. “Everybody knows. Every pitcher in the league knows. MLB doesn’t care. They don’t care. We told them our problems with them, they don’t care.”

Bassitt said there are too many inconsistencies between the baseballs used this season and the problem is exacerbated in different climates.

“There’s nothing in common with the balls,” he said. “There is nothing the same, from excursion to excursion.”

Chris Bassitt
Chris Bassitt

Last year, the MLB banned the use of sticky substances by pitchers over fears they would distract from offenses. But Mets catcher James McCann suggested there is a middle ground that can be reached.

“It’s 2022 and there’s enough technology to figure out the baseballs,” McCann said. “We want to talk about juiced balls, dead balls, smooth balls, sticky balls — I mean, it’s 2022, we should have an answer.”

McCann said the players were rebuffed by MLB in their attempts to discuss the matter.

“It’s happened to us as batsmen before, but you can talk to our pitchers and they’ll tell you there’s something wrong with the balls,” McCann said. “The referees control them and they can’t use stuff to grab the ball. As far as I’m concerned, put a circle on deck behind the hill, give them a pine tar rag, the sunscreen and the rosin and let them use this stick. The stuff proved it won’t improve anyone’s arsenal. It will give them support.”

Mets batters have been hit by 18 pitches this season, leading MLB. Pete Alonso was drilled in the helmet on Tuesday, the second time this season he was thrown over the neck.

“It’s one of those things, whether it’s intentional or not, it has to stop,” Starling Marte said. “We’re sick of it and we need to do something about it if it keeps happening because every time you go out to get hit it’s uncomfortable.” Chris Bassitt tears up MLB baseballs after final hits


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