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Monday, November 18, 2019

Sean Doolittle defends his toe tap delivery, thinks it should be legal

Sean Doolittle

Sean Doolittle sent a series of tweets on Sunday night in which he defended his delivery and argued that it should be legal.

The Washington Nationals closer became the center of attention after Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon complained about the reliever’s pitching motion during and after Saturday’s game between the teams. Maddon really just wanted to bring attention to the issue because he is upset his reliever, Carl Edwards Jr., was told in spring training that his similar move was illegal.

Here is a comparison of their movements as they pitch:

Edwards has a plant/pause and was told to change it. Doolittle has a tap.

Doolittle, who took a shot at Maddon over the complaints, wants MLB to clarify things and legalize his delivery.

Even though Maddon thinks the two are comparable, there is a big difference to me. Edwards’ plant includes much more deception, to the point that it crosses a line. The toe tap includes a much more of a natural flow and progression with the delivery. The rule states that a pitcher may not take a second step. Edwards was taking a second step; Doolittle was not.

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