2022 World Series: Astros catcher Martín Maldonado banned from using illegal bat gifted by Albert Pujols

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Major League Baseball required Houston Astros catcher Martín Maldonado to stop utilizing a prohibited maple bat after Game 1 of the World Series on Friday, reports the New York Post. The bat was considered prohibited for security factors and not competitive factors — the particular kind of maple bat Maldonado utilized is most likely to splinter into numerous pieces.

Maldonado was provided the prohibited maple bats by Albert Pujols, his previous colleague with the 2017-18 Los Angeles Angels. These maple bats are grandfathered in for gamers who began their professions prior to 2011, like Pujols, however not those who showed up after the guideline modification, like Maldonado, who made his major league launching in September 2011. Maple bats are still utilized league-wide, though with upgraded requirements and specs.

It’s uncertain whether Maldonado utilized the prohibited maple bats in previous postseason series. He went 1 for 3 in the Game 1 loss and drove in a run. Maldonado was 4 for 17 (.235) this postseason getting in Game 2 of the World Series on Saturday.

A defense-first catcher, Maldonado authored a .186/.248/.352 batting line with 15 crowning achievement throughout the routine season. His deal with the pitching personnel is valued so extremely that trade due date addition Christian Vázquez has actually been relegated to backup responsibility this October.

Maldonado utilized a various bat in Game 2 on Saturday.



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