Xander Bogaerts Opens Up About MLB’s New Rules On Foreign Substances

Xander Bogaerts didn't hold back

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It sounds like Xander Bogaerts is in favor of the new Major League Baseball rules.

It has been no secret in recent weeks that MLB has been cracking down on the use of foreign substances by pitchers, and all of their new rules (and penalties) officially went into effect Monday.

New York Mets’ Jacob deGrom was the first player to be searched for sticky substances during yet another impressive outing Monday, but he was clean and went on to toss five scoreless innings.

It has been a down season across the board offensively this season in baseball, but now with these changes in place, spin rate already has seen a decline. It raises the question as to whether it will have an effect on the league’s sub-par offensive numbers so far in 2021.

Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts opened up about the new rules prior to the squad’s Tuesday night series opener against the Tampa Bay Rays and discussed what he expects to see from them.