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Monday, October 10, 2022

Mets have Joe Musgrove’s ears checked for illegal substance during Game 3 start

With the Mets’ bats quiet in a game that was slipping away, Buck Showalter tried a different method to help his offense get a grip.

Before Padres pitcher Joe Musgrove could throw his first pitch of the bottom of the sixth inning Sunday night, the Mets manager approached first-base umpire and crew chief Alfonso Marquez. Showalter requested a substance check on Musgrove, who had allowed just one hit in five innings of a game the Padres led by four runs.

The umpires checked Musgrove’s hat, glove and notably ears for a substance, and the right-hander apparently passed. He remained in the game and kept rolling as the Padres won, 6-0, to knock the Mets out of the postseason.

Pictures had circulated online of Musgrove’s ear appearing to have a shine, as if he could be using a sticky substance to help his grip and spin rate on the ball. It is also possible Musgrove was especially sweaty.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 10, 2022 at 12:06 AM | 27 comment(s)
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