The Commissioners Office reviewed available video and still photography from Mariano Rivera spitting toward a baseball in ALCS Game 3 and “found no evidence that Rivera spit on the ball,” a spokesman for the commissioner told the Post.
The initial reaction by the league had been that the video plus still pictures they have of the incident were inconclusive if Rivera actually spit on or near the ball. But after further review of what they had, the Commissioners Office determined that Rivera was not spitting directly on the ball.
Kudos for MLB to looking into it. As I said in the earlier post, there was certainly nothing conclusive about the video — another angle clearly showing spit smacking the ball would be the minimum necessary for this to be taken to the next level — but it was interesting enough that it warranted scrutiny.