The subject of Tyler White didn't have the same explosive draw as Trevor Bauer, the Indians player who was engaged in a social media argument with a friend that led to an assault charge against the friend.
But White gave his side of the story to Baseball Tribune writer Brandon Hussey on Friday morning after Bauer was suspended 15 games for using a cream containing pine tar.
White, a third baseman and outfielder for the Dodgers this season, played last season with the Houston Astros, a team that has helped white career. Last season, he was acquired from Atlanta in a trade that sent Josh Reddick and Evan Gattis to the Braves.
White was with the Astros for three years and joined their World Series team, going 3 for 19 with four strikeouts in the playoffs.
"Any time you have a guy that is talented, especially at third base, their success and their success carries on through the whole clubhouse," White said. "It just helped in that sense and that locker room."
Now, the emphasis for White is on building on his work with hitting coach Turner Ward. But first, he had to land in Los Angeles so he could be with his family, especially his four daughters.
"It took some time to get used to playing in L.A.," he said. "Now that I'm here, it's one of those things I really look forward to every day. It was a little bit weird [in Houston], being away from my kids."
The Dodgers are getting him off the season-opening roster of 20. He was on a very popular team that finished with a 106-59 record and won the American League West.
White talked about the incident that led to Bauer's suspension.
"It's just not a smart thing to do, even if it's just for 15 games," he said. "If you're going to do something to try to cheat the system, you better understand it's not going to go well for you. It's going to be a bad look for the game. There's no sign-ball to fix your edges. You see it and you know what to do.
"Sometimes in baseball, it's hard to tell if someone is cheating or not. But if they're throwing a pitch at you off the side of the mound, if it's called a breaking ball and you're going right-handed, it's almost impossible to know where it's coming from. But if it's a break or an inside pitch, it's so obvious."
He had a similar explanation for Bauer, that it's a bad idea to think that you can get away with using anything to make your grip more comfortable when you're trying to win a game.
"It's a tough thing to prove," he said. "In saying that, if you're doing it, you'll find a way around it."
As for Bauer, White said: "The guy is competitive. He's not afraid to talk about it. I'm sure there were more things that he's done, just small things, to try to make himself better as a baseball player. But you can't cheat the system. We all know the rules of the game and what we can and can't do. He just overstepped the line.
"All in all, the past couple of weeks have been nothing but fun for me. I have a lot to look forward to this year."
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