Former MLB starter Curt Schilling couldn’t believe New York Mets starter Max Scherzer was ejected from his Wednesday afternoon outing against the Los Angeles Dodgers for what umpires believed he was cheating with a foreign substance.

And Schilling doesn’t want Scherzer to ban a single game.

Scherzer said, «I swear on the lives of my children,» that the stickiness umpire Phil Cuzzi felt on his hand between innings was the mixture of sweat and rosin from the rosin bag MLB allows behind the mound every game to the pitchers. Scherzer was told to fix Cuzzi’s problem with stickiness by washing his hand with alcohol, which he did in front of an MLB official. He even bought a new glove because Cuzzi thought he was too sticky too.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Max Scherzer, left, is ejected from the game as he and manager Buck Showalter dispute a call by umpire Phil Cuzzi, center, and umpire Dan Bellino, right, after they found a problem with Scherzer’s glove during the fourth inning. of a baseball game in Los Angeles on Wednesday, April 19, 2023. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Scherzer came out again to pitch the third inning, but was ejected before he could take the mound for the fourth inning.

Schilling couldn’t believe it.

«Phil Cuzzi is a veteran umpire,» he began on OutKick’s «The Curt Schilling Baseball Show.» «I’m astounded by the fact that they didn’t get the whole concept to any degree. It makes sense because refs don’t use rosin, and they probably aren’t around much, and they’re probably a lot less seen than you think. The fact is, this is another example of the thought process behind a rule being inconsistent».

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MLB’s crackdown on sticky stuff for pitchers prompted these checks between innings, of which Scherzer was initially not a fan (he previously went before an umpire sarcastically unbuttoning his pants during one of his first in-game checks). This is what MLB states to be the rule behind the use of rosin.

«Players’ use of rosin must always be consistent with the requirements and expectations of the Official Baseball Rules,» the rule book says. «When used excessively or improperly applied, i.e., on gloves or other parts of the uniform, rosin may be determined by referees to be a prohibited foreign substance, the use of which may subject a player to ejection and discipline.»

Cuzzi clearly thought it was overuse, but Schilling also doesn’t blame Cuzzi for how he reacted. MLB’s ruling is too broad in his mind.

«This feels very liberal in a way. There’s no definition there,» Schilling said of the rule. «The ambiguity there is intentional and on purpose. So, the refs, I don’t blame them for how they act or react. They’re not really given a set of rules. What’s the consistent usage within the rules? There isn’t a final rule». rule around you.»

Max Scherzer fires a pitch

New York Mets starting pitcher Max Scherzer (21) throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Wednesday, April 19, 2023. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

SNY reported Thursday that «everyone in baseball knows» that Scherzer will receive some form of suspension for his ejection. Schilling hopes that’s not the case.

«A horrible decision that would surprise me if he had [be] banned even a game simply because he was using a substance available to him to the best of his ability,» he said.

Here’s Scherzer divulging his side of the story after the game.

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«After the second inning, my hand was a little lumpy from the rosin. That’s why it was lumpy. Phil [Cuzzi] He told me to wash it off. So, I washed it. I went back out after the third, washed it down with alcohol, and when I came back, the alcohol can be a little sticky on the rosin. That can happen. So, he says, ‘That’s too sticky. You have to go back there and wash it again and reapply the rosin.'»

“And so I did that, and at the same time, he thought my glove had too much rosin on it. And I was like, ‘OK, if that’s a problem, it’s okay.’ He says, ‘You need a new glove.’ Okay, I went back out there, shot the third and I knew I was going to be checked in the fourth, so I would have to be an absolute idiot to try and do something when I come back in the fourth.»

«After that third inning, I’m in front of the MLB official below here. I wash my hand with alcohol in front of the official. Then I apply rosin and then I sweat. When I come back out, and Phil Cuzzi says my hand is too sticky yes when you wear sweat and rosin your hand is sticky but i don’t understand how i get kicked out when i’m in front of a MLB official doing exactly what you want and being considerate my hand is too sticky when i’m wearing [a] legal substance. I do not understand that.»

Max Scherzer talks to Phil Cuzzi

New York Mets starting pitcher Max Scherzer (21) and manager Buck Showalter dispute a call from umpire Phil Cuzzi, center, and umpire Dan Bellino, right, after they found a problem with Scherzer’s glove during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles. , Wednesday, April 19, 2023. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

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Referee Dan Bellino addressed the situation to a pool reporter, according to MLB.com, saying that Scherzer’s hand «was so sticky that when we touched his hand, our fingers would stick to his hand. And whatever was in there It stayed on our fingers for a couple of innings afterwards.»