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Blue Jays and Canadian Politeness Don’t Go Hand in Hand 

Dateline Toronto: We all know how polite our friends in the great white north are. That doesn’t seem to be the case when it comes to their pitchers and following the rules of baseball. Kevin Gausman  took the hill for the Jays and all of Canada ( We need to fix this ) last night and proceeded to mow down the depleted Red Sox batting order. Gusman went seven innings, scattered 4 hits ,struck out 10 , and walked just 2 Red Sox Hitters.. 

Most strikeouts by a pitcher through their first 15 career games as a member of the @BlueJays franchise: 113- Roger Clemens (1997) 97- Kevin Gausman (2022 via his 10 in 7 IP against the Red Sox tonight) 94- Robbie Ray (2020-21) 92- Brandon Morrow (2010) 91- Hyun-Jin Ryu (2020-21) — StatsCentre (@StatsCentre) June 28, 2022

Bravo Cheater 

Now this isn’t an instance of the Blue Jays spying from the hotel suites in center field. It isn’t a smart watch . it’s not ducking into a closet to watch film during the game. But it’s more blatant than banging a trash can. It’s one of the oldest rules in baseball and Gausman is allowed to flaunt this rule of baseball at his will. I’m not if what umpires are being paid off to allow this travesty to continue start after start – inning after inning – pitch after pitch. But it has to end and I’m here to expose the Blue Jays and Gausman. ( they aren’t , they are just stupid ) 

Kevin Gausman is dealing. Former Orioles C Caleb Joseph, doing some Blue Jays analyst work this season, said the Os got everything wrong with Gausman. Wanted him to throw down and away all the time, only use his split with two strikes. Interesting stuff. — Britt Ghiroli (@Britt_Ghiroli) June 28, 2022

I Need a Pause Blue 

When exactly does Gausman come set? He bounces into a pitch — Lou Merloni (@LouMerloni) June 28, 2022

When Men are On Keven Gausman Balks on Every single Pitch he throws. His funky little windup never stops. There is never a set in his delivery. For Christ Sakes this is a rule every pitcher in baseball has had to deal with since 1898. That’s a Long Ass time for pitchers and umpires to get acquainted with the Thirteen Laws of the Balk . As a coach myself I am quite aware of these Thirteen Laws. Most don’t know or understand all of them. But Every Damn Body Knows with men on and in the stretch: You need to come set for at least ONE BLOODY SECOND in your delivery.

Umpires for #RedSox (42-31) at #BlueJays (40-32): HP: Jerry Layne 1B: Nick Mahrley 2B: D.J. Reyburn 3B: Chad Whitson. First Pitch: 7:07 pm Venue: Rogers Centre (Updated) — Umpire Crew (@UmpCrew) June 27, 2022

For those of you like Last Nights Umpiring Crew who dont know the Thirteen Laws of the Balk. Here they are

  1. Rule #1: You can’t start your pitching motion and stop, or have extra body movement

  2. Rule #2: You can’t fake a throw to first base

  3. Rule #3: While on the rubber, you can’t throw to a base without stepping toward it

  4. Rule #4: You can’t throw or fake a throw to an unoccupied base

  5. Rule #5: You must come set and fully pause in the stretch position

  6. Rule #6: You cannot perform a quick-pitch

  7. Rule #7: You can’t pitch while not facing the batter

  8. Rule #8: You can’t perform part of the pitching motion while not on the rubber

  9. Rule #10: You can’t stand on–or straddle–the rubber without the ball

  10. Rule #11: You can’t separate the hands once in the set position

  11. Rule #12: You can’t drop the ball while on the rubber

  12. Rule #13: The catcher must be in the catcher’s box for a pitch

As always you can follow / give me grief on Twitter @Tmurph207 

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