Umpire Joe West, left, talks with Philadelphia Phillies manager Gabe Kapler, right, about the situation with relief pitcher Austin Davis during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, in Philadelphia. West confiscated a card from Davis. Davis and Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said he was using the card merely for information on the Cubs hitters. But West said it was illegal under Rule 6.02(c)(7), which states that the pitcher shall not have on his person, or in his possession, any foreign substance. The Cubs won 7-1. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

Kapler says pitchers allowed to use cheat sheets

September 02, 2018 - 12:26 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Phillies manager Gabe Kapler says he has been informed pitchers are allowed to use the type of cheat sheets that umpire Joe West confiscated from reliever Austin Davis on Saturday night.

Kapler made his remarks before Sunday's series finale against the Chicago Cubs.

Kapler and Davis said the left-hander was using the card merely for information on the Cubs hitters. But West said it was illegal under Rule 6.02(c)(7), which states that the pitcher shall not have on his person, or in his possession, any foreign substance.

West, who is in his 41st season as an umpire, indicated Saturday night that he contacted the league office to see if the cards, which aren't specifically banned in the rule book, would be allowed.

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