Philadelphia Phillies manager Joe Girardi was playing mind games with the Washington Nationals Tuesday night, but Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo has none of it.
“It’s a shame for Girardi. This is an embarrassment to Phyllis. Was he playing a game? Of course he was.” Rizzo said fan on 106.7. “Hey, that’s his right. Sportsmanship. It had nothing to do with substances. He had no probable reason to ask for it, the umps shouldn’t have allowed it, but it happened and you have to deal with it.” .
“That’s what we have to deal with. You think you’re going to scare Max Scherzer, it’s not going to happen. You’re just going to P-S him and make it more difficult.
“He’s a con artist,” Rizzo said.
Girardi insisted that national pitcher Max Schaezer should be checked a third time for any sticky substances. Scherzer threw a tantrum and slammed his hat and glove on the ground. He proceeded to undo his belt, so that the umpires could get a full look.
The saga came to an end when the former Yankees manager was fired for trying to go toe-to-toe with the three-time Cy Young Award winner. The Scherzer wiped clean of any sticky matter. The 36-year-old finished the game with eight strikeouts, two hits and only one run allowed in five innings.
Scherzer isn’t the only pitcher to have been subjected to TSA-style pat-downs. Mets ace Jacob deGrom was checked for substances on Monday. Oakland Athletics pitcher Sergio Romo was also checked on Tuesday and his reaction was similar to that of Scherzer.
MLB has been cracking down on pitchers using any sort of substance to help them get their grip on the ball. On June 21, new rules were made to implement the rules. Umpires should now regularly check the pitcher.
Commissioner Rob Manfred said, “It has become clear that the use of foreign substances has generally shifted from trying to get a better grip on the ball to something else – an unfair competitive advantage that creates a lack of action and an uneven playing field.” Used to be.” about the use of foreign substances.
“This is not about an individual player or club, or to blame, it is about a collective change that has changed the game and needs to be addressed. We have a responsibility to our fans and the generation of talent competing on the field to eliminate these substances and improve the sport. ”