On Tuesday night, the Phillies manager and head coach of baseball’s career Joe Girardi (Joe Girardi) put himself at the core of the topic of baseball.
The national team’s starter Max Scherzer has already received two checks by the referee in the first and third innings in accordance with the requirements of the new baseball enforcement policy. Girardi asked the referee to check Scherzer again in the fourth quarter, and in a game in which Washington was leading 3-1 at the time, they came out one after another. Scherzer didn’t like this requirement.
We won’t repeat the lengthy episode here, but you can read all about it on SN: Max’s reaction; Ghirardi’s post-match comment; And why the “suppression” of MLB is Turn the player into a villain, When they really shouldn’t be in that role.
Today, let us talk about how managers adapt to this equation.
We will start with this: if he suspects that the pitcher is manipulating the baseball in some way, the manager can always ask the referee to check the opposing pitcher-abrasions, use of goo, etc. There are many ways and methods to influence the way major league pitchers move when they throw baseballs.
In the past ten years or so, these requirements have not happened too much. This is the biggest reason: managers know that at least some of their pitchers are also using these things, and asking the referee to check opposing pitchers is basically inviting the team to check too. One of his pitchers. The rare case where players are checked is that the substances they use are so obvious that the manager has no choice-just like Boston manager John Farrell asked the referee to look at Michael Pineda in New York because of the Yankees starter. There was a large mass of pine tar around his neck for everyone to see.
But in most cases, managers understand that it is unwise for people in glass houses to throw stones.
What now? In any case, their pitchers are being checked. So, suppose, if a starting pitcher is checked in the third inning, he may not be checked by the referee in the fourth inning, right? So if the pitcher wants to take a risk, that’s the game, right?
So maybe this is when managers like Girardi become very skeptical and ask the referee to check starting pitchers like Scherzer. Managers are now more likely to do this than at almost any time in the past few decades.
So, as a strategy, what prevents managers from asking referees to check opposing pitchers multiple times per game? Anything that disrupts the flow of pitchers at important moments later in the game can help a lot, right? Baseball thought of this.
What are the MLB rules regarding manager substance inspection?
According to sources from Major League Baseball, from the memo sent to all teams by Major League Baseball last week:
“Please note that if the manager makes a request in bad faith (for example, a request to disturb the pitcher in a critical game situation, a routine request not based on observable evidence, etc.), the manager will be subject to disciplinary action. If the manager makes a request for inspection, the referee Will decide whether and when the pitcher will be inspected, taking into account the time when the pitcher was inspected and whether the request was made in good faith. If the referee believes that the purpose of the request by the venue manager or acting venue manager is not to suspect the use of foreign substances (for example, to gain a competitive advantage) ), the referee can choose to reject the request. If they determine that the request was made in bad faith, expel the manager.”
This “malicious” decision is entirely up to the referee. Let’s apply it to the case of Girardi/Scherzer. The referee met to discuss Girardi’s request before heading to Scherzer. They determined that Girardi had sufficient reason to request an inspection because Scherzer kept repeating his hat/hair during that game. He did this to allow the sweat to mix with the rosin to create stickiness-completely legal-but it is not entirely unreasonable to suspect that Scherzer might have been looking for something other than sweat on his hat/hair.
So the referee checked. Scherzer was found to be clean. Neither Scherzer nor Girardi will be ejected.
To be honest, if any manager is deported because of this game skill clause, it would be at least somewhat surprising. On the one hand, every manager knows this clause, so at least they will try their best to provide reasons for the request. For referees, this is a lot of things, basically saying, “We think you are lying about your motives. Now you are kicked out of this baseball game.”
Perhaps this is why Clayton Kershaw, like Scherzer, is a future Hall of Fame member, hoping to see baseball go further. listen.
This is not a bad idea. The words of people like Kershaw—sharp, concrete words—have weight. He is not the kind of person who provokes controversy just to provoke controversy. He said it was because he believed.
If Kershaw believes it, maybe MLB should listen.