Hidden among the assorted unique rules that will be in effect when Major League Baseball begins play in the 2020 season come late July is one that is generating all sorts of jokes and ridicule from both fans and players alike.
It’s being called the “wet rag” rule because, well, it involves a wet rag.
Because of the ongoing global pandemic and the fact that Major League Baseball will still be playing games as it goes on (especially in Texas where there will actually be fans in attendance – what could go possibly wrong there?), the powers that be in MLB have decided to allow pitchers to keep a wet rag in their pocket as an alternative to the constant licking of the fingers that they do in every game.
This news about the wet rag rule for pitchers started gaining some traction when via Chris Cotillo of MLB.com tweeted out MLB’s proposed rule changes for 2020.
Proposed MLB rule changes for 2020:
* Implementation of DH in both leagues
* Extra innings start with runner on second base
* No limits on position players pitching
* Pitchers can have wet rag in pocket as substitute for licking fingers
* Three-batter minimum still stands
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) June 23, 2020
Based on the reaction of Milwaukee Brewers lefthander Brett Anderson, the wet rag rule may not go over well with the players.
Former MLB reliever Jeff Nelson also thought the wet rag rule was more than a little absurd.
Love the wet rag rule for 2020.pitchers are allowed to carry a wet rag in their back pocket instead of licking their fingers. Good luck hitters, water won’t be the only thing on that rag.
— Jeff Nelson (@NYnellie43) June 24, 2020
Which, naturally, because internet, led to many jokes and questions.
What a wet rag may look like pic.twitter.com/PtC4JY9WTF
— Craig Calcaterra (@craigcalcaterra) June 23, 2020
when the sixth-inning reliever signals to the dugout for a new wet rag pic.twitter.com/m0J5cirudy
— Matt Stayawayfromussman 🥌 (@suss2hyphens) June 23, 2020
Are YOU tired of dipping your WET RAG in liquid between EVERY INNING? pic.twitter.com/KcaUfkvK8V
— Ben Porter (@Ben13Porter) June 23, 2020
"Wet rag"— Scott Coleman (@scottcoleman55) June 23, 2020
What could go wrong? Thankfully baseball doesn't have a cheating problem https://t.co/O6iAv4AfjD
Yeah a wet rag cause not like they’re all gonna be in the same place for hours and hours and hours every day or anything— Tony Pajamas (@TheNotoriousJ0E) June 23, 2020
Do the Astros get to throw wet rags at trash cans during home games?— Rich Zagon (@RichZagon1) June 23, 2020
I'm told the delay is that the owners want to call it a wet rag while the players would prefer using moist towelette. Could blow up the whole thing.— D.J. Short (@djshort) June 23, 2020
MLB has announced that a wet rag is allowed in the back pocket of all pitchers instead of licking fingers. One small step forward against Covid, two giant steps back for swamp ass.— Razzball (@Razzball) June 23, 2020
also I would like to understand the wet rag rule in baseball. Can players apply any liquid solution to this like could a player in theory drown their rag in a Four Loko— Taiki Green (@itstaiki) June 24, 2020
Does sweaty fingers touching a ball transmit less germs than a licked finger? I'm not a doctor, but, uh, sounds exactly the same to me.— Brett Rudy (@bkrudy) June 23, 2020
*Pitchers allowed to have a uniform made out of sandpaper— John Brown’s Blood (@MrRobotCodeBrkr) June 23, 2020
*Only 3 alligators per dugout
*In odd innings, home team wears blindfolds
*Relief pitchers must use left hand
*Rickey Henderson is on every team
Now there’s a baseball league I can get behind.
The only real question I have about this proposed wet rag rule is whether or not hitters will also be able to carry one around in their pocket? Asking for a friend.