“I swear on my children, it’s just sweat and rosin” 10G suspension crisis, continued fierce protest
Max Scherzer (38, New York Mets) is complaining of injustice while Max Scherzer (38, New York Mets) was ejected during pitching due to suspicion of using illegal substances.
Scherzer started on the 20th (Korean time) in an away game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, USA.
Scherzer passed the first glove test at the end of the second inning without any problems. Before the bottom of the third inning, the referee ordered a glove change, and Scherzer changed his glove and climbed the mound. And he was ejected before pitching in the 4th inning for having a foreign object on his glove.
Scherzer was caught on TV relay cameras telling the judges, “It’s rosin.”
Scherzer is a special ace with an average ERA of 3.12 with 203 wins and 103 losses in 434 games. He is a pitcher representing MLB from Cy Young in both leagues. Scherzer, along with his teammate Justin Verlander, is receiving the best treatment in MLB with an annual salary of 43.33 million dollars (approximately 57.5 billion won) this season.
Even in 2021, when he was a member of the Washington Nationals, Scherzer vigorously protested against foreign substance inspections by referees.
MLB is reinforcing foreign substance inspections again this season to prevent illegal pitching. Prior to the opening, the MLB Secretariat said, “Unfortunately, pitchers’ rotation in the 2022 season has begun to rise again.”
MLB launched a massive crackdown in June 2021 under the judgment that the majority of pitchers were using foreign substances. Then the pitchers’ ball rotation rate dropped. The number of rotations per minute of the four-seam fastball decreased from an average of 2319 just before the crackdown to an average of 2251 after the crackdown. But last year, the average turnover increased again. When suspicious phenomena appeared, such as reports of the use of foreign substances, it was decided to strengthen the crackdown again.
This year, umpires can randomly inspect pitchers’ hands, hats, gloves, belts, and pants if they’re even a little suspicious. According to MLB rules, the manager of the opposing team can ask the umpire to inspect whether the fielders as well as the pitcher have foreign objects.
Scherzer was blocking well with 1 hit, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts and no runs through 3 innings. The Mets won 5-3 despite the sudden exit of starter Scherzer. 안전놀이터
After the match, Scherzer protested even more bitterly. According to MLB.com, Scherzer said, “I swear on my children. I never used anything else. It’s sweat and rosin. I kept saying it, but the umpire said it was sticky. It was a mixture of sweat and rosin.”
Under Major League Baseball rules, if a player is ejected for using a foreign substance, he or she will be suspended for 10 games. Scherzer may appeal.
Ahead of the 2022 season, he signed a large contract with the Mets for 3 years and 130 million dollars (approximately 173 billion won). If the Mets starters are leaving due to injuries one after another, if even the ace Scherzer is suspended, the blow to the Mets will inevitably be greater.