Report: Cubs never filed protest over Sean Doolittle’s delivery
The Chicago Cubs made a lot of noise Saturday night about filing a protest over a perceived illegal toe-tap in Sean Doolittle’s delivery, but they reportedly never actually did it.
According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Cubs never formally filed a protest after the loss, and they may not do so at all with the league believing that Doolittle’s delivery is legal.
Sources: The Cubs have not formally submitted their protest from last night's game yet, and it's possible that they won't file one. By rule, they have 24 hours in order to lodge an official protest, but given stance of MLB on Doolittle's delivery as legal, nothing really to gain.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) May 19, 2019
In other news, the situation was a whole lot of nothing. Doolittle may well have had a point when he seemed to suggest that Cubs manager Joe Maddon was just trying to get in his head by protesting, as the lack of follow-up indicates that they either backed away from the idea quickly or were never serious about it to begin with.