Marlins Pitcher Alex Sanabia: 'I Didn't Know' You Couldn't Spit on the Ball

Marlins Pitcher Alex Sanabia: 'I Didn't Know' You Couldn't Spit on the Ball

Remember Marlins pitcher Alex Sanabia, who last Monday night did his best impression of Leo and Kate on the Titanic?

Immediately after giving up a home run to Dom Brown, Sanabia very clearly spit on the baseball, which you can see above and in this three-image gallery:

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And that, as we all know, is plainly against the rules:

8.02
The pitcher shall not –

[...]

(2) expectorate [spit] on the ball, either hand or his glove;

OK, apparently not all of us. Sanabia claims he was clueless. From Big League Stew via the AP:

Sanabia said Friday he spit on a baseball earlier in the week to get a better grip, not to get more movement on his pitches. He also repeated he didn't know it was illegal.

"I didn't know. I was in my zone and just grooving. It's something you live and learn from. I didn't mean anything bad by it or I didn't mean to do anything more," Sanabia said. "It's something that showed up that way and people all of a sudden just create their own perception of."

Sanabia hasn't been reprimanded, and it's now been a week, so it doesn't look like anything more is going to come of this. Then again, doctored-ball suspensions don't come around very often. As Deadspin points out, prior to Joel Peralta's eight-game ban for the use of pine tar last season, no one had been suspended for an act like this since 2005.

Speaking of which, you can thank Peralta for what was likely the all-time best segment of Talking Baseball with Dutch, during which Darren Daulton compared not having to surrender one's glove to not having to take a breathalyzer test, using very explicit detail in talking his way through the latter example.

Turning this back around to Sanabia, I believe him. And you can file this as just the latest example of an athlete or coach not knowing the rules, which never ceases to be remarkable.

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Joel Embiid explains the reasoning behind his new hairstyle

Joel Embiid explains the reasoning behind his new hairstyle

Joel Embiid said plenty with his words on Tuesday afternoon when he called the decision to have a minutes restriction in the teens to begin the season "f-----g BS."

He also sent a message with his fresh new look.

Jojo showed up to practice on the eve of the Sixers' season with a new hairstyle -- some cornrows remeniscent of the last great Sixer to captivate the city of Philadelphia.

No, not Andrew Bynum.

We're talking about Allen Iverson.

"I had the old hairstyle for a long time so I just wanted something new," Embiid said. "I know my mom won't be happy but it's only for a couple of days."

Robert Covington saw a resemblance, "Everybody was shocked. Told him he’s going to be the new AI.”

Was he inspired by somebody? Anybody?

"I just wanted something new, something crazy. I never do anything crazy, so..."

"I think it looks okay," Embiid, always his toughest critic, said.