Angels fire visiting clubhouse attendant Bubba Harkins over illegal substances

Angels fire visiting clubhouse attendant Bubba Harkins over illegal substances

Harkins was sacked Tuesday while the Angels are in Arizona for spring training.

The Times states that the reason for the clubhouse attendant's firing was, in fact, for the substances and not over anything related to the grand jury investigation into the death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs. Why wasn't he (cynical chuckle) helping the team that employed him instead?

Los Angeles Angels visiting clubhouse manager Brian Harkins has been fired, reportedly for providing ball-doctoring substances to opposing pitchers.

Brian "Bubba" Harkins was sacked during spring training, according to a report from The Los Angeles Times.

Pitchers in baseball have been using illegal substances to doctor the ball for as long as the game has been around.

Paulina Dedaj is a writer/ reporter for Fox News.

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer, an outspoken voice about the practice, claimed recently that 70 percent of Major League Baseball pitchers today use some sort of substance, calling it "a bigger advantage than steroids". Batters especially want pitchers to have the best possible control of fast balls thrown at speeds of around 100 miles per hour.

MLB, though, can't ignore the anecdotal evidence that pitchers gain a big advantage by using banned substances to improve their grip.

The practice has been in use for decades - pretty much since the game's inception - as a way for pitchers to increase the spin of the ball for more velocity and movement. Bubba Harkins has become one of the first people to feel the effect.

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