Major League Baseball on Thursday morning responded to an accusation from a St. Louis Cardinals minor leaguer that Boston Red Sox starter Jon Lester was doctoring the ball in Wednesday’s Game 1 of the World Series, saying there was no evidence the left-hander did anything illegal.
Cardinals minor league pitcher Tyler Melling tweeted a photo Wednesday night that he implied showed a foreign substance on Lester’s glove. “Jon Lester using a little Vaseline inside the glove tonight?,” he tweeted. A brief video also emerged that appears to show Lester touching the inside of his glove before grabbing the ball.
Section 8.02 of the Official Baseball Rules says a pitcher "shall not apply a foreign substance of any kind to the ball" and says the penalty for a violation is ejection and an automatic suspension.
Major League Baseball said in a statement Thursday that "we cannot draw any conclusions from this video. There were no complaints from the Cardinals and the umpires never detected anything indicating a foreign substance throughout the game."
Melling's tweet was later deleted.
Lester threw 7 2/3 shutout innings in Boston's 8-1 Game 1 victory.
We’ll follow up further from Fenway Park later today.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.