For a man who wrote an entire book on baseball facts and statistics, Ryan Spaeder’s slew of tweets this week were completely “unfounded.”
Spaeder, an MLB writer, statistician, and analyst, sent a long stream of tweets accusing teams and players within the league of cheating. One day later, he’s taking all his allegations back with an apology.
“I deeply regret everything that I said — it has turned my life upside down. It was a mistake, and I should not have reported on unfounded allegations. I sincerely apologize to all of those impacted — it should not have happened, and it will not happen again. Stick to stats,” he wrote.
Hours after the MLB made the decision to crack down on illegal sticky substances for pitchers, Spaeder came out with a since-deleted tweet claiming he would expose the MLB in the morning.
“I’ve had enough, I think I am coming out with everything tomorrow…going to sleep on it,” he wrote.
Spaeder woke up and made the bizarre decision to begin making allegations without presenting any proof of cheating, beginning his tweetstorm with: “Everything that I am about to say was verified by more than one player. I do not mean to burn anyone, and I love baseball … I’ve just had enough of this bulls—t.”
He claimed that there were cameras in Yankee Stadium outfield aimed at opposing pitcher’s gloves to identify grip, citing the difference between Aaron Judge’s 2017 batting average splits. Judge batted .312/.440/.725 at home that year and .256/.404/.531 at away games. Similar allegations were made by Spaeder about the Dodgers who he claimed had an employee wear an MLB polo to illegally set up cameras during the 2020 World Series.
Moreover, Spaeder accused his “favorite player ever” Phillies’ Chase Utley of being “the biggest cheater of all-time.”
He also fired an allegation of cheating at former Rangers infielder Adrian Beltre.
“As insane as this sounds, I’ve heard this from multiple players, Adrian Beltre had a buddy with binoculars in dead center who would wave a beater (undershirt) if he was getting something off speed in 2017,” Spaeder wrote.
Following his series of conspiracies, he was backed up by former ESPN employee Darren Rovell and Barstool Sports. Spaeder has since deleted all of his allegations.