C.J. Wilson complains about baseballs, says Rangers gave him bad ones

There is some bad blood between the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson. He was once considered the ace for the Rangers when they were chasing World Series a couple years ago, then he left and signed with divisional rival the Los Angeles Angels. Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton followed Wilson to the Angels in the offseason last winter.

Wilson thinks the Rangers intentionally gave him bad balls so that he’d underperform.

This is a transcript of Wilson’s comments from the Rangers blog Lone Star Ball:

“One out of every four was rubbed, and three of every four was basically brand new. The balls were kind of squirting around. A couple balls got away. If you’re a lefty and you hit a lefty with a slider, that’s obviously not what you are trying to do right there.

“Are you going to call it a coincidence? It’s not a coincidence. Let’s be honest.

“I told the clubbie, ’Dude these balls are getting really bad. Someone might get hit in the teeth.’ My ball moves a lot already. When the ball is slippery it’s even worse.”

From Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant:

Topics: C.J. Wilson, Los Angeles Angels, Texas Rangers

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  • delashmit

    The problem was that the Rangers rubbed up the baseballs in a clockwise direction. Since CJ is a lefthander, he needs the baseballs rubbed up in a counterclockwise direction.

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