Jerry Blevins wrote an article for the NY Post about how MLB's baseball is slippery and how pitchers had to find ways to "fix" it. It doesn't sound like a lot of Major League Pitchers don't consider this cheating but part of the "gig". It is an interesting read.
From the NY Post.
Of those 8,000+ pitches, I had sunscreen and rosin on my forearm for 95% of them. Is it cheating? Technically, yes, it’s against the rules. Did it give me an advantage over the hitter? No.
Why would I use it then? The answer is simple: The MLB baseball is slippery. Dangerously so.I struggled. Then I asked my teammates if they had a tough time gripping the baseball, too.I struggled. Then I asked my teammates if they had a tough time gripping the baseball, too. “Oh, yeah,” they said, chuckling. “The big league baseball is trash.”
“What do you do about it?” I asked.Enter the gray area.