5 Things the MLB Has Struck Out

5 Things the MLB Has Struck Out

There’s a viral infection sweeping the Milwaukee Brewers’ clubhouse that’s caused a temporary team-wide ban on bodily contact. Any guesses?

The outbreak is pinkeye. And the ban? High fives, ESPN reports.  

What? Not what you thought? Get your head out of the dugout. 

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High Fives (Temporarily)

The hand-slapping hiatus comes after catcher Jonathan Lucroy and pitching coach Rick Kranitz were confined to their homes in hopes of getting the contagion under control. 

We know what you’re thinking: “Banning high fives is damn near sacrilege!” But the Brewers have done what they can to keep the gesture alive by tapping elbows and bumping batting glove-clad fists. 

In honor of the Brewers’ brief ban, lets take a look at four other actions, things and people the MLB has banned. 

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Dodgy Players

Though the number of players who have been tossed out of the MLB is up for some debate, Baseball-Reference reports 37 have been ousted—typically for their involvement in gambling, league jumping (or other contract disputes) and their use of banned substances (we’ll talk about this next). 

Some have been banned, then reinstated, but others have been added to a list of ignominy: the Major League Baseball’s “Permanently Ineligible List.” Here are the blacklisted players and here is the list of MLB’s ineligible players. 

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Illegal Substances

According to the Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, all players are prohibited from “using, possessing, selling, facilitating the sale of, distributing, or facilitating the distribution of any Drug of Abuse, Performance Enhancing Substance, Stimulant and/or “Prohibited Substances.”

The following substances are banned Drugs of Abuse:
1.    Natural Cannabinoids (e.g., THC, Hashish and Marijuana) 
2.    Synthetic THC and Cannabimimetics (e.g., K2 and Spice) 
3.    Cocaine 
4.    LSD
5.    Opiates (e.g., Oxycodone, Heroin, Codeine, and Morphine) 
6.    MDMA(Ecstasy) 
7.    GHB 
8.    Phencyclidine(PCP)
For the list of Performance Enhancing Substances and Stimulants, go here.

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Unruly Fans

We’ve all watched (and cheered with wild abandon) for the brave souls who rush the field, clad in jersey and jorts, running maniacally past pro-ballers until they’re cornered by security and sequestered off like a squealing pig.  And we’ve all read how these fans are “banned for life” in the news the next day. But have you ever thought about what that really means? And how that’s actually enforced? 

The MLB can ban you for a myriad of reasons; after which you’re added to a list of people whose names are flagged by the ticket office or MLB.com if and when you dare to buy a ticket. But people (for the most part) aren’t that stupid. If your friend or family buys a ticket, the MLB is none the wiser. So long as you don’t storm the field again, make a scene, or raise attention to yourself, you can theoretically enjoy a ballgame and leave free and clear.

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Chewing Tobacco & Defensive Shifts (Maybe)

Though nothing has happened yet, there’s been talk about a legislative proposal to ban ballpark chaw, the Los Angeles Times reports. Cigarette smoking is forbidden at nearly every ballpark, and tobacco chewing is banned in the minor leagues. Chew on that…and stay tuned.  

Plus, there was talk of Rob Manfred being open to banning extreme defensive shifts. If these two come into fruition, who knows what will become of America’s pastime. 

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