A Cardinals minor leaguer accused Jon Lester of doctoring the ball in Game 1 of the World Series, but Major League Baseball and Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak quickly dismissed the comments on Thursday.
Tyler Melling, a 25-year-old Single A pitcher, questioned on Twitter whether Lester was using Vaseline in his glove.
The web site Deadspin published the accusation and linked to a brief video produced by a Cardinals fan.
Said an MLB spokesman: “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.”
Added Mozeliak in comments to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “As far as I’m concerned it’s a non-issue. It’s something that arose in social media and not from our players or manager or our coaching staff. To me it does not represent a concern.”
The Cardinals had 40 or so people in their dugout for the game. There also were six umpires on the field.
Lester also threw predominantly fastballs during the game. A review of pitch charts showed no pitches with unusual breaking action that a foreign substance would produce.
Earlier this season, several Toronto broadcasters accused Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz of putting a substance on the ball. MLB dismissed that charge as lacking in credence. One of the broadcasters, former major leaguer Jack Morris, later apologized to Buchholz.