Mets ace Max Scherzer faces potential 10-game suspension following overseas substance ejection

New York Mets ace Max Scherzer is going through a possible 10-game suspension after he was ejected from Wednesday’s sport in opposition to the Los Angeles Dodgers following a substance verify within the fourth inning the place umpires discovered a sticky substance on his hand. 

The three-time Cy Younger Award winner was tossed from the sport after repeated checks from umpire Phil Cuzzi and Dan Bellino, the crew chief. 

Max Scherzer is ejected

New York Mets beginning pitcher Max Scherzer and supervisor Buck Showalter dispute a name from umpire Phil Cuzzi, middle, and umpire Dan Bellino through the fourth inning in Los Angeles, Wednesday, April 19, 2023. (Alokito Mymensingh 24 Photograph/Ashley Landis)

Scherzer defined that he had merely used rosin and washed his arms with alcohol after the second inning following Cuzzi’s inspection. However, within the third inning, Cuzzi famous that the pitcher’s glove was nonetheless “sticky,” possible from an excessive amount of rosin, and he ordered Scherzer to alter gloves. 


Following one other verify earlier than the fourth and a heated dialog with umpires, Scherzer was lastly ejected. 

“After that third inning, I’m in entrance of the MLB official that’s beneath right here. I wash my hand with alcohol in entrance of the official. I then apply rosin after which I seize sweat. After I then return on the market and Phil Cuzzi says my hand’s too sticky,” Scherzer mentioned. 

Max Scherzer argues

Mets starter Max Scherzer reacts after being ejected from the Dodgers sport on Wednesday, April 19, 2023, in Los Angeles. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Instances by way of Getty Pictures)

“Sure, while you use sweat and rosin, your hand is sticky. However I don’t get how I get ejected once I’m in entrance of an MLB official doing precisely what you need and being deemed my hand is simply too sticky once I’m utilizing authorized substance. I don’t perceive that.”

Scherzer now faces a possible 10-game suspension. 


“Now it’s changing into a authorized matter and I don’t wish to touch upon what occurs subsequent if I get suspended and all that,” he mentioned.

Scherzer may have the flexibility to attraction any suspension. MLB pitchers Hector Santiago and Caleb Smith appealed their suspensions in 2021 after they had been deemed to have been utilizing a overseas substance. Each Santiago and Smith’s suspensions had been ultimately upheld by the MLB. Based on the New York Publish, Cuzzi was concerned in each these ejections. 

Max Scherzer walks off the field

Max Scherzer of the New York Mets reacts after his ejection by umpire Phil Cuzzi at Dodger Stadium on April 19, 2023, in Los Angeles. (Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Pictures)

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“Each Phil and I touched his hand,” Bellino mentioned by a pool reporter. “So far as stickiness, stage of stickiness, this was the stickiest that it has been since I’ve been inspecting arms, which now goes again three seasons.”

He continued: “In comparison with the primary inning, the extent of stickiness, it was so sticky that once we touched his hand, our fingers had been sticking to his hand. And no matter was on there remained on our fingers afterward for a pair innings, the place you can nonetheless really feel that the fingers had been sticking collectively.”

Scherzer had pitched three scoreless innings of one-hit ball earlier than his early exit.

Peter Johnson