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MLB Totally Cool With Substance Under K-Rod's Cap

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When an author of a book about cheating in baseball noticed Angel closer Francisco Rodriguez going to his cap an inordinate amount of times on Opening Day, he wrote about it on his blog and got photos, and his allegations against K-Rod made it to the front office of Major League Baseball. Where it died. Yesterday MLB called the Angels to tell them that there would be no investigation of K-Rod's cap because there was "nothing to investigate".

"Bob Watson called and said there's nothing to it, nothing to investigate," General Manager Bill Stoneman said, referring to the executive who handles discipline for MLB. "That was it. It was a short conversation." The commissioner's office received several e-mails Thursday about author Derek Zumsteg's blog, which posted a series of television stills showing a white substance under the bill of Rodriguez's cap and of the pitcher repeatedly tugging at his cap. - LAT 4/7/07

Baseball's decision must have relieved the reliever who seemed perturbed by Zumsteg's suspicion - that of a dominant closer constantly going to his hat that seems to be lined with white foreign matter. "It's easy for a guy sitting at his desk, watching television, to put pictures on the Internet," Rodriguez told reporters. "But I hope he has something better to do than to mess with people. He has no clue what he's writing about. I don't even know who he is."Because if a pitcher doesn't know who a writer is instantly makes those observations invalid? Ignorance really is bliss? Zumsteg, by the way is a longtime writer at Baseball Prospectus among other publications, and author of
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a book about cheating in baseball where he actually defends some cheaters so take it easy, K-Rod.