(AUDACY) Using sticky, foreign substances on the pitcher's mound is cheating, and with the new MLB rules regarding the use of those banned materials, players will be punished for their lack of integrity on the bump. That's what happens -- you cheat, and you pay the consequences.
Except in baseball, that isn't always what happens. Astros players weren't punished for their massive sign-stealing scandal that rocked the sport in recent years. And that doesn't sit well with White Sox left-hander Carlos Rodon as MLB cracks down on pitchers using foreign substances.
"Do I use it? No. Do I know any of our guys that use it? Not that I know of," Rodon said of foreign substances, according to NBC Sports Chicago. "The way I look at it is, it's hard to see this when you're giving out 10-game suspensions for cheating, but you gave the Astros no suspensions at all.
"So if Rob Manfred can look himself in the mirror and say, 'Hey, I'm doing the right thing,' that's fine. Can't suspend the team that you actually knew was cheating during a playoff game? That's on you."
Manfred previously explained to ESPN why he didn't hand down punishments to Astros players, saying then-general manager Jeff Luhnow didn't inform his players of the 2017 memo regarding MLB's policy on the use of technology. Beyond that, Manfred added Astros players "paid a price" simply by needing to deal with the issue publicly.
"The memorandum went to the general manager and then nothing was done from the GM down," Manfred said last year. "So we knew if we had disciplined the players in all likelihood we were going to have grievances and grievances that we were going to lose on the basis that we never properly informed them of the rules."