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I'll be the first to admit it: even after last year, I'm still a David Price guy. Many have given up on him, but I'm not one of them. He had a down year, yes, but I believe he will come back. Major League Baseball, however, apparently believes he had a 1999 Pedro season because Price himself said that MLB will be "cracking down" on his windup, believing him pitching from his windup is too similar to him pitching from the stretch. In order to see if there is any basis to this claim, I've hunted down good quality pitches of Price both from his windup and from the stretch. Firstly, from his time with Detroit, the windup:
Now, from his brief stint in Toronto, the stretch:
MLB claimed that Price's windup is too deceptive. Of course it's deceptive. Price's goal is too fool the batter and get him out, like any pitcher. You may have noticed that I put cracking down in quotes above. This is simply because like with every other thing MLB tries to enforce, they just simply stop caring and forget about enforcing it at all. I would be surprised if Price ends up facing any punishment for his windup at all this season.