Astros’ Ronel Blanco had ‘the stickiest stuff’ felt on glove since crackdown, ump says

Houston Astros pitcher Ronel Blanco, who threw a no-hitter earlier this season was thrown out of his game Tuesday night against the Oakland Athletics after testing positive for a foreign substance.

First-base umpire Erich Bachus talked about what he felt inside Blanco’s glove that caused him to pull it out.

“I felt something inside the glove,” Backus said. “It was the stickiest substance I’ve felt on a glove since we’ve been doing this for the last few years.”


Astros starting pitcher Ronel Blanco throws against the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Philip)

Third-base umpire Laz Diaz was the one who threw Blanco after the rest of the umpires convinced him. He, along with Blanco and Astros manager Joe Espada, discussed the issue before the right-handed toss. Blanco’s glove was also confiscated.

“Everyone checked the gloves to make sure we all had the same thing, and he had to get out because there was some foreign substance on his gloves,” Diaz said.

Blanco denied using illegal substances through a translator.

He added, “Maybe I put rosin on my left hand.” “Maybe it was sweat that got into the gloves and that’s probably what they got.”

Ronel Blanco walks off the mound

Ronel Blanco is thrown out on the field by Joe Espada of the Astros after being thrown out in the fourth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Minute Maid Park on May 14, 2024 in Houston, Texas. (Logan Reilly/Getty Images)

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He allowed four hits and struck out one batter before exiting.

the astros Won the game 2–1 behind Victor Caratini’s RBI single in the 10th inning.

major League Baseball Foreign substances were cracked down on in 2021, when, simply put, sticky substances were pretty much dominated by pitchers. Substances are used to increase the spin rate, causing more break on the ball, resulting in less attack.

Blanco has proven to be a gem for the Astros this season. Tuesday marked his 15th start and 32nd appearance in major competitions. But he tossed a no-hitter in his first start of the season earlier this year and has a dominant 2.08 ERA.

Ronel Blanco leaves the field

Astros starting pitcher Ronel Blanco leaves the field after being ejected after testing positive for a foreign substance during a game against the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Philip)

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He is now the sixth pitcher to be thrown out for a foreign substance since the action. He is likely to receive a 10-game suspension.

Fox News’ Ryan Morick contributed to this report.

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