It’s okay, Max. We are all crazy.
The most kept secret of Major League Baseball is that pitchers use sticky substances to hold baseballs almost when they throw baseballs, and batters are usually satisfied with this. It wasn’t until Rob Manfred and the other think tanks in the Major League Baseball office decided that the offense dropped (it was part of themselves after all) that this became a real problem.
Therefore, no one should be surprised when Max Scherzer targeted the Major League Baseball Commissioner and his recent efforts to “save baseball” after the Nationals defeated the Phillies 3-2.
“This is Manfred’s rule,” Scherzer said after the game. “Go ask him. I have said enough.”
Brittany Ghiroli of The Athletic was on that Wednesday Interview with Manfred for Q&A (Subscription required). Manfred made a sharp response.
“First, assuming that players and unions do not a) provide opinions on what we are doing and b) have additional opportunities to provide opinions that they have not taken advantage of. This is incorrect and completely incorrect,” Manfred said. He also stated that Major League Baseball has been transparent to players “from the beginning of this year” and has taken action after the situation “gets worse.”
Manfred said: “I just don’t see any secrets about where this is going, and I know there are many opportunities for investment in this process.”
Major League Baseball’s overwhelming silence on this matter-and the incredible ability of the sport to continue to behave in its own way-caused players to be under pressure. Scherzer was checked three times on the court for sticky substances last night, one time at the request of Phillies manager Joe Gilady, and he was obviously annoyed by the process.
Really, who can blame him? Although some people have pointed out Scherzer’s “drama”, the fact that three of the most outstanding pitchers in baseball, Scherzer, Gerrit Cole, and Tyler Glasnow talked so frankly about the use of viscous materials, tells you that it’s more than The more widely accepted things in this sport lead you to believe.
There are good reasons for this. Scherzer explained.
“If you look at Bohm’s shot, I almost put a 95 mph fastball on his head because the ball slipped out of my hands,” Scherzer said. “All night, I was tired of licking my fingers and tasting rosin. I couldn’t even sweat from the back of my head because it was really not a warm night.
“So the only sweaty part on my body is actually my hair, so I had to take off my hat to get any moisture on my hands and try to mix it with rosin. For me, it was confusing Part, because I just want to catch the ball.”
Scherzer’s explanation is just the latest example of a pitcher just trying to catch a smooth baseball. Considering that the rules are so loosely enforced, it’s not a question of whether the “sticky stuff” is cheating, um, once, But the timing needs to be improved.
Are there any gray areas? of course. Some people will use sticky substances to simply grab the ball-such as using sunscreen and rosin-and then some people will overtake the batter to gain a clear advantage, such as Spider Tack. This is the real problem, and it is much more difficult to solve.
The most irritating part of the whole situation is that this is a simple solution to a simple problem: not even trying to find a happy medium and negotiating with players to try to find a solution to a non-existent problem. People like Scherzer, Gerrit Cole and Tyler Glasnow have been on the front lines and had to answer embarrassing questions at the press conference, making them villains in the situation.
Who wants to see referees like TSA at Dulles Airport search the court? What problem does that solve? Wednesday’s power show from Major League Baseball is just another field eye that needs to be navigated.
This is a simple suggestion: stop playing baseball. Or change the ball to make it stickier so that the players can grip. Or find a substance that all players accept. Or wait until the offseason to give these guys at least a chance to adjust and figure out how?
This is again another monster created by the Major League Baseball itself. The league turned a blind eye to an obvious problem and decided to solve it at an untimely time.
It’s like they can’t promote their players. Just like they insist on blocking local games. Just as looming labor issues may stop the sport this fall. It’s like a constantly changing baseball. Just like the steroid era. It’s like a major league baseball team using technology to steal logos. Like…
… get it?
Although the pitcher is just trying to find a way to control baseball, it may be time for Major League Baseball to grasp what it is doing.