Angels fire employee for giving pitchers illegal substances

The Angels have fired visiting clubhouse manager Brian Harkins after he provided illegal substances to visiting pitchers to Angels Stadium, according to Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register.

The Angels, per Fletcher, learned Harkins was aiding pitchers in obtaining the substances and fired him, per reports. Fletcher adds that there was “no indication” that Harkins was supplying substances to Angels pitchers. 

The move comes as MLB recently has been looking into claims of pitchers doctoring baseballs. Pitchers use these foreign substances to increase the spin of their pitches, which makes creates more movement and thus makes them more difficult to hit.

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