Phillies’ Joe Girardi ejected after Nationals’ Max Scherzer inspected three times

Philadelphia Phillies’ manager Joe Girardi was ejected from Tuesday’s game against the Washington Nationals after requesting a foreign substance check on pitcher Max Scherzer mid-inning.

The new Major League Baseball’s foreign substance ban requires pitchers to undergo two mandatory between-innings checks of hats, gloves, and belts.

If managers feel that the opposing pitcher is acting suspiciously, they can request umpires to do a re-check.

During the fourth inning after Scherzer’s seventh strikeout, Girardi requested another check on Scherzer because he touched his hair a lot. He suspected that the pitcher was hiding a sticky substance.

An annoyed Scherzer threw his hat and glove to the ground and undid his belt, insisting that he had nothing to hide.

At the end of the fifth inning with his eighth strikeout of the game, the Nationals ace walked off the field and gave Girardi a death stare.

Girardi came out of the dugout before the start of the sixth inning and yelled at Scherzer.

Home plate umpire Tim Timmons then ejected Girardi from the game.

“I’ve seen Max a long time, since 2010,” said Girardi after the game. “But I’ve never seen him wipe his head like he did tonight, going like this. It was suspicious for me. It was suspicious.”

Scherzer defended himself by saying, “I would have to be an absolute fool to actually use something tonight when everybody’s antenna is so far high they’d look for anything. I have absolutely zero on me. I have nothing on me. Check whatever you want. I’ll take off all my clothes if you want to see me.”

The Nationals won the game 3-2.






Joe Girardi


Joseph Elliott Girardi is an American retired professional baseball player and current manager for the Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball . (wikipedia)







Major League Baseball


Major League Baseball is an American professional baseball organization and the oldest of the major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. (wikipedia)







Philadelphia Phillies


The Philadelphia Phillies are an American professional baseball team based in Philadelphia. They compete in Major League Baseball as a member of the National League East division. Since 2004, (wikipedia)







Washington Nationals


The Washington Nationals are an American professional baseball team based in Washington, D.C. The Nationals compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the National League East division. (wikipedia)







Max Scherzer


Maxwell M. Scherzer is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball . Nicknamed “Mad Max” after the fictional character of the same name, (wikipedia)


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