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Phillies supervisor Joe Girardi explains choice to have Max Scherzer checked for sticky stuff


Say it ain’t so, Joe.

Max Scherzer was checked for sticky stuff thrice on Tuesday evening, the second day of MLB’s sweeping enforcement of its new coverage in opposition to pitchers utilizing Efficiency Enhancing Sticky Stuff (PESS [we just made that up]).

Whereas Scherzer was checked twice by umpires, Phillies supervisor Joe Girardi had Scherzer checked as soon as extra, resulting in Scherzer being visibly irritated, and a small scuffle later within the recreation.

The Phillies supervisor defined his choice to have Scherzer checked once more following the loss:

“I’ve seen Max a very long time, since 2010,” Girardi mentioned postgame. “Clearly, he’ll be a Corridor of Famer. I’ve by no means seen him wipe his head like he was doing tonight, ever. It was suspicious for me. He did it 4 or 5 occasions. It was suspicious. I did not imply to offend anybody. I simply received to do what’s proper for our membership. …

“I wasn’t difficult the membership. There was some coaches screaming at me, coaches I do know, and it bothered me. I am not enjoying video games right here. I’ve respect for individuals over there, I’ve respect for what Max has achieved in his profession. However once more, I’ve received to do what’s proper for my group.”

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Girardi’s choice to have Scherzer checked ticked off the Nationals ace and finally led to a dust-up between Girardi and the Nationals, with Girardi getting tossed for the fortieth time in his managerial profession.

Scherzer defined he was going to his head to attempt to seize some form of moisture from his sweat so he may higher grip the baseball.

Girardi mentioned earlier than the sport that asking umpires to test pitchers for gamesmanship functions could be “foolish,” that means that he was actually satisfied that Scherzer had one thing on him.

The Phillies and Nats proceed their collection on Wednesday afternoon.


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