Carter Capps has one of the most unique deliveries in baseball. (Jon Durr/Getty Images)

MLB reminds Marlins, Carter Capps about the right way to deliver a pitch

Mike Petraglia
July 08, 2015 - 7:50 pm

After all the furor over whether what Carter Capps was doing Tuesday night was legal or not, Major League Baseball decided to issue a friendly reminder to the Marlins and Capps that they're watching his unique delivery. Speaking to after Wednesday's 6-3 Red Sox win, Marlins manager Dan Jennings confirmed that MLB, courtesy of video from NESN, contacted the Marlins about their hard-throwing reliever and what they saw Tuesday night, when he was called upon to face Xander Bogaerts in the bottom of the seventh and the bases loaded. NESN broadcaster Jerry Remy made a very strong case that the crow-step that Capps was making to begin his delivery did not constitute a legal pitch. The interpretation that matters comes from Major League Baseball, and was confirmed by Jennings. The issue is not leaping forward from the rubber but maintain contact with the ground with the toe of his right [back] foot. If any pitcher maintains contact, no matter how light, then it is legal. "They sent to me the same heads up to make sure Carter has a drag line, which he does," Jennings told "It was a light drag line. Earlier, it was a little bit heavier. I know someone sent me some video. I think it was NESN. But they really focused on his foot. You can see it's a light line, and that's all he has to do, make sure there's a drag line. We've been in compliance with MLB and the umpires. And the umpires have been great to help us. "They sent us some video a month ago, right before we sent him down to work on it. We've been in compliance with what they say constitutes a legal pitch. The one thing you don't want to do is change a kid's mechanics and see a kid hurt his arm. As long as he's dragging the drag line with his toe, then it's good." Told that his manager was reminded of the proper mechanics, Capps said he has not specifically heard from anyone at MLB and plans to keep doing what he's been doing on the mound. One thing Jennings made very clear to was his appreciation of Red Sox manager John Farrell's comments in which he supported Capps. Farrell, a former pitching coach, noted after Tuesday's game that Capps, like St. Louis pitcher Jordan Walden, have "unorthodox" but legal deliveries. "We're in it for the right reasons and no one wants to see a kid get hurt and I appreciate him saying that," Jennings said.