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Umps instructed to keep eye on Coors Field balls

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10:04 AM ET 09.26 | he Giants complained, and Major League Baseball took action: From humidor to game use, umpires will monitor the chain of custody of baseballs at Coors Field. League officials agreed to take greater oversight of baseballs at Colorado's mile-high ballpark beginning with Saturday night's Giants-Rockies game. An umpire now will escort the ball supply from the climate-controlled humidor and keep visual tabs on it at all times, MLB vice president Pat Courtney said. The league also employs authenticators and other officials who could assist in the oversight, Courtney said.

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Ubaldo Jimenez, AP Ubaldo Jimenez, AP
September 26, 2010  10:55 AM ET

oh, dear... is somebody messing with the balls? I mean ballplayers always mess with the balls... and the bats and the gloves and the peds and the umps and the fans...

September 26, 2010  11:23 AM ET

Wonder what the ultimate job description for balls guarder would be?

September 26, 2010  11:24 AM ET

If the Rockies are found to have brought non-humidified balls in for their at-bats, MLB better levy an enormous fine against them.

September 26, 2010  12:02 PM ET

cheating is rampant ... kick the rockies out of the league ... ha!

September 26, 2010  12:50 PM ET

Apparently, since this was initiated after the Giants complained, it seems the Giants franchise prefers its players juiced (hello, Barry?) instead of the balls.

September 26, 2010  12:51 PM ET

Seriously, though...the humidor has been in use for eight years. I'm sure it's pure coincidence that it's brought up now that the Giants find themselves in a pennant chase for the first time in, oh, eight years?

September 26, 2010  07:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Wonder what the ultimate job description for balls guarder would be?

Well played

September 26, 2010  07:54 PM ET

There goes home field advantage. Might as well put a dome on the Rockies and pressurize it to equalize 100 feet above sea level too.

Oh and the Marlins can't use humidity to their advatage either anymore. Not that it helps in the first place.

September 26, 2010  10:12 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

If the Rockies are found to have brought non-humidified balls in for their at-bats, MLB better levy an enormous fine against them.

Nuke the city. Would serve them right.

September 26, 2010  11:24 PM ET

the umpires should do their job, but they keep messin with every game every where,they iether call strike what it was a ball, or ejected any manager who is trying to make them see their big mistakes, i mean the umpires are only humans but they should take responsability for their wrong calls!!

September 27, 2010  04:50 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Apparently, since this was initiated after the Giants complained, it seems the Giants franchise prefers its players juiced (hello, Barry?) instead of the balls.

Doesn't a guy by the name of Jason Giambi play for the Rockies, and didn't he admit to taking steroids?

 
September 28, 2010  04:06 PM ET

Lincecum is a little crybaby... he doesn't need to become the spokesman for baseball... like Curt Schilling tried to be... go smoke some reefer little boy... it should be legal pretty soon... in your town...
go smoke some and take a nap....that will keep your yap shut.

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