MLB pumps up ball security after Tom Brady flap
NEW YORK- Major League Baseball has pumped up security for its game balls this season in the wake of the Tom Brady flap.
Starting this year, an MLB representative watches the baseballs when a clubhouse assistant carries them from the umpires' room to the field.
And if the supply is running low during the game, an MLB security person is sent to retrieve more from the umps' room, rather than a ball boy or ball girl.
In the past, a ball boy or ball girl did those jobs alone.
MLB says many changes in the policy for ball security and storage were discussed last December, before Brady and the New England Patriots were accused of deflating footballs.
MLB says it was aware of the Patriots' situation when it put the new procedures into effect.
Brady was suspended four games by the NFL on Monday for his role in the scandal and the Patriots were fined $1 million.