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Is K-Rod an F-Raud?

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In what will probably be discovered as being a halo around his head, Angels closer Francisco Rodriguez is being accused of having an illegal substance on the brim of his cap. The blog The Cheater's Guide to Baseball claims that in the first two games of this young season, K-Rod has gone to his cap an inordinate amount of times, with special attention given to the underside of his cap by the thumb of his throwing hand.

Casey over at the Angels website Halos Heaven argues that the underside of the cap appears worn in because of Rodriguez's habitual quirks, not because something illegal like Vaseline or glue or saliva is up in there.

And RevHalo fan says that if something was fishy about the closer's cap, it would have been discovered a long time ago.

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If Francisco Rodriguez were doctoring the ball and has been for some time, why - after every team has hours of video of him pitching that they study - why has no team called or an inspection of his uniform or equipment? You're tellin' me that his deliberate mannerisms on the mound that are relatively consistent through his six seasons in the majors are suddenly suspicious because a BLOGGER saw a reflective patch somewhere in the bill of his cap in a game THIS season?

Anaheim Angels Blog has a good point in saying that pitches that Francisco threw after touching his cap looked the same as ones when he didn't touch his cap.Hopefully there will be a full examination of the cap in question, with DNA taken, etc., and we can get to the bottom of this.

photo via The Cheater's Guide to Baseball