While veteran pitcher Max Scherzer (39) of the New York Mets was ejected due to a foreign substance issue, fans are also arguing.
On the 20th (Korean time), Scherzer started against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the ‘2023 Major League Baseball’ held at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Scherzer, who had pitched scoreless until the third inning, had a problem before the bottom of the fourth inning. Referee team leader Phil Cousey ordered a glove replacement in relation to a foreign substance in Scherzer’s glove, but Scherzer refused and protested. In the end, the referee Coogee sent Scherzer off.
After the game, the SNS page ‘Baseball Dozent Exist’, which delivers major league news, wrote about Scherzer’s exit and referee Kuji, who made the decision. “Schrezer is the third pitcher to be ejected after being inspected by the umpires for foreign substances. However, all three cases were checked by umpire Coogee,” he wrote. 메이저놀이터
The Major League Secretariat said it would strengthen enforcement of foreign substances in 2021. Both Hector Santiago (then Seattle Mariners) and Caleb Smith (then the Arizona Diamondbacks) were ejected for using foreign substances on their gloves and using them when pitching. After that, he was suspended for 10 games and fined according to the rules.
Is it a series of coincidences? Coincidentally, Santiago, Smith, and even Scherzer that day were all sent off by the referee Coogee. And it stirred public opinion among Major League fans. Some fans made negative comments, saying “Coozy is not a good referee and team leader”, “It is a really annoying decision”
Against this, there were also opinions praising the referee Kuji. I evaluated that I did my part enough as a referee. Comments such as “Kuji is the only referee who works” and “The only referee who actually inspects foreign substances” were left.
Scherzer, meanwhile, maintained his innocence. After the game, in an interview with MLB.com, the official homepage of Major League Baseball, he said, “The referee said my hands were too sticky.” Explained.
On the other hand, the judges thought differently. “It doesn’t matter what material it is. What we felt was that there was something stickier than ever. It was stickier than anything else this year,” said Coogee team leader. Referee Dan Bellino also refuted, saying, “The level of stickiness was at the highest level since I started testing for foreign substances.”
Meanwhile, Scherzer was automatically suspended for 10 games due to his exit that day. After the game, Mets manager Buck Showalter said Scherzer was ejected because of a foreign object on his glove. Scherzer plans to file a complaint with the Major League Baseball office.