Farhan assesses ‘combustible situation' with substance checks


It has been an eventful few days across Major League Baseball. 

Following the implementation of MLB's latest rule changes to combat foreign substance use on the mound, multiple players have expressed their frustration in a very visible manner. 

Pitchers Max Scherzer and Sergio Romo were both very expressive after getting checked during each of their games Tuesday. 

Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi discussed the first few days of foreign substance checks and did not agree with the reactions from players such as Scherzer and Romo. 

“Some of the theatrics from players when they’re getting checked, the umps are just doing their jobs," Zaidi told KNBR's "Tolbert, Krueger & Brooks". "I don’t think that’s necessary to show those guys up, it’s probably a part of their job that they’re taking on because the umpires have a lot of pride in enforcing the rules. They don’t enjoy asking guys to turn over their belt buckles."

In Scherzer's case, his frustration was due in part to a check requested by opposing manager Joe Girardi in the Nationals-Phillies game Tuesday. 

Zaidi believes that managers shouldn't be requesting that the opposing pitcher be checked, claiming that it could start unnecessary drama. 

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"I agree on the [managers not being able to request checks], I don't think we want that element of gamesmanship," Zaidi added. "Random checks are happening pretty frequently. Maybe as we get down the road and we eliminate the random checks, then it goes back to the managers' hands when we think things are at a more stable point.

"It seems like a little bit of a combustible situation right now, maybe we need a little less drama. One fewer thing to worry about than managers inciting the opposing pitcher.” 

The vast majority of pitchers have adhered to the random checks gracefully. For the few that haven't, their anger might be misplaced. 

Umpires aren't always perfect, but right now they're just doing their jobs. 

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