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Pitchers peeved over MLB 'sticky substance' rule

Last Updated Jun 23, 2021 at 2:15 pm MDT

Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer reacts as he talks with umpires during a foreign substances check in the middle of the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Tuesday, June 22, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Summary

Major League Baseball umpires told to check pitchers, baseballs for sticky substances

Inspections can be made at any point in the game, regardless if whether it's requested

Some pitchers have made dramatic protests, including throwing hats, gloves, and even pants down

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Major League Baseball is two days into the new rule, and it’s not going over well. As of June 21, MLB umpires were instructed to check pitchers and baseballs for sticky substances, which could help them get a better grip on the ball.

If such a substance is found, the pitcher is immediately ejected from the game and automatically suspended from 10 more. Umpires can make said inspections at any point in the game, regardless of whether the manager of the opposing team requests it.

The day after the rule was enforced, several games were stopped for the checks, and the pitchers have not been pleased. Hats were tossed. Belts and pants were removed.

Highlights from Major League Baseball now look like a series of comedy skits. In one of several instances, Oakland’s Sergio Romo threw his hat, glove, and belt, and pulled down his pants in front of the umpire — and the crowd.

Philadelphia Phillies Manager Joe Girardi made several requests for the umpires to inspect Washington Nationals pitcher (and future Hall of Famer) Max Scherzer.

Scherzer reaction has already gone viral, slamming his hat and glove down while motioning for the umpires to check him. He could be seen saying, “It’s sweat” after running his hands through his hair. He stared down Girardi after one of the multiple checks. Girardi reacted and was ejected from the game.

For the record, the Nationals beat the Phillies 3-2.

At least one organization seems to be in full support of the enforcement of the new rule, and subsequent reactions. CamSoda, an adult website, issued a $100,000 offer to the pitchers who, as they say, had “Magic Mike performances,” referring to the removing of their pants and belt.