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As Baseball's Weirdest New Rule Takes Effect, Pitchers Begin Stripping On The Field
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As Baseball's Weirdest New Rule Takes Effect, Pitchers Begin Stripping On The Field

At least one superstar has already been irritated by Major League Baseball's newest rule.

Umpires must check each starting pitcher for sticky substances used to doctor the baseball at least once per game, according to the rule.

And when it was his turn to pitch, Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer, a three-time Cy Young Award winner, didn't look happy:

I haven't seen anyone this irritated by a frisking since the TSA took my almond butter. pic.twitter.com/cCNpyfuAEd — Britt Ghiroli (@Britt_Ghiroli) June 22, 2021

According to ESPN, umpires will inspect hats, gloves, and belts during routine checks, but they may also look elsewhere if they have reason to suspect something.

Opposing managers can also ask umpires to check the pitcher, and Phillies manager Joe Girardi used this later in the game to demand another examination in the middle of an inning.

As the umpires approached, a clearly irritated Scherzer tossed his glove, cap, and unbuckled his pants in what appeared to be the beginning of a mock striptease:

Max Scherzer was checked AGAIN in the middle of the inning and is about to pull his pants down to get these people to leave him alone. pic.twitter.com/v6OXMpPOBn — Jared Carrabis (@Jared_Carrabis) June 23, 2021

That was not the end of it:

Max Scherzer just struck out J.T. Realmuto to end the fifth inning and taunted Joe Girardi the entire way to the dugout. When Girardi walked out to say something, Max held up his glove and hat again, taunting him. Girardi was ejected. — Jesse Dougherty (@doughherty_jesse) June 23, 2021

After the fifth inning, Max Scherzer and Joe Girardi had a heated exchange pic.twitter.com/JQIaA6ccna — OPT (@OnePursuitTakes) June 23, 2021

In five innings of work, Scherzer struck out eight times.

Later in the evening, in another game, A's pitcher Sergio Romo went a step further during an inspection with his own near-striptease:

Sergio Romo of the Oakland A's was tested for "sticky stuff" and may have outperformed Max Scherzer. pic.twitter.com/wL1jqt4CgE — Chris Halicke (@ChrisHalicke) June 23, 2021

While pitchers have long used sticky substances to grip the ball, the MLB claims that more recent players have been using far tackier compounds, changing the nature of the game and giving them an unfair advantage.

In its lengthy report on doctored baseballs, Sports Illustrated quoted an unnamed major league team executive as saying, "This should be the biggest scandal in sports."

Pitchers who cheat will be suspended for ten games under the new rule.

This season has seen more strikeouts, fewer balls in play, and “some of the lowest batting averages in history,” according to Baseball America.

Phillies manager Joe Girardi asked the umpires to check Max Scherzer for foreign substances. Scherzer and the Nationals were NOT pleased pic.twitter.com/c4Fv4wV63d — Jomboy Media (@JomboyMedia) June 23, 2021

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