Max Scherzer Has Already Had It With Mid-Inning Sticky Checks

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Nationals ace Max Scherzer is already fed up with MLB’s crackdown on foreign substances. The Washington starter was checked for foreign substances THREE TIMES within the first four innings of the game against Philadelphia. A frustrated Scherzer, who was cleared of any foreign substances each time, damn near stripped down in front of the Phillies crowd to prove his innocence.

Scherzer, who entered Tuesday 5-4 with a 2.21 ERA was irritated by Phillies manager Joe Girardi, who continually asked the umpires to check the righty for sticky substances. After striking out J.T. Realmuto to end the fifth inning, Scherzer mean-mugged Girardi on his way back to the dugout, causing the manager to spring out of the dugout and challenge the three-time Cy Young Award winner. Girardi was quickly ejected.

Scherzer didn’t return to the game, finishing his night with eight strikeouts, three walks and just one earned run on two hits through five innings. Tuesday’s opener against Philly marked a return from the disabled list for Scherzer, who was placed on the 10-day list last week after injuring his groin vs San Francisco. Washington and Philadelphia play again tomorrow afternoon to wrap up a quick two-game series between the division rivals.

And then then there’s this sticky check of Oakland’s Sergio Romo during the A’s game at Texas.

This one is not going away any time soon. Stay tuned.



Written by Anthony Farris


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  1. Ok so Girardi was probably just being a douche but outside of that, pitchers have to understand the crackdown. If you’re going to cheat, you run the risk of getting caught. The days of rosin and sunscreen have been supplanted by spider tac. I blame MLB for messing with the balls. They created way too many HR’s recently so they’re overcompensating now.

  2. They need to get rid of Manfred pronto. He is ruining baseball with every decision he makes. From moving the all star game, spiking baseballs, and now this sticky stuff bullshit, the guy has got to go.

  3. Possible solution for this. Each pitcher can be checked once without penalty. If you ask for a second check and nothing is found again, manager is ejected and fined his game check.

    Or JUST DON’T CHECK. If you want to increase batting averages, start with the foot in the dirt rule for the shift to get rid of the “rover”. Then it’s on the hitters. True outcome baseball sucks.

  4. Joe girardi yet another former unsuccessful yankee with a massive unearned ego issue who knows nothing other then riding the coattails of a completely stacked roster to a championship. Baseball has become such an embarrassment as a sport over the past decade.

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