Rays veteran Rich Hill said the new procedures requiring pitchers to be searched by umpires for illegal substances are “dehumanizing” and should not be part of the game.
“This is something that we need to come up with a better solution to,” Hill said. “This is not baseball. This is not what people buy a ticket to come and see. ... We don’t want to turn baseball into Jerry Springer. That’s all I’m saying.
“I think we’ve got to get back to the game itself and the great things that are going on with the game as opposed to being (subject to) unsolicited search.”
Hill, 41, said Major League Baseball and the players union need to come up with a better way to facilitate the more enhanced enforcement of the rules barring illegal substances than have the umpires checking pitchers’ gloves, hats and belts as they walk on or off the mound.