Cincinnati Reds pitchers not worrying about ‘weird’ umpire inspections

Vladimir Gutierrez walked off the mound after completing an inning in his start Friday and the home-plate umpire met him along the first-base line.

A portion of the Great American Ball Park crowd of 30,231 began booing as Gutierrez was inspected for foreign substances on his hat, glove and belt. It’s a short 10-second interaction between innings, but it’s the latest spectacle in the sport’s spotlight.   

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“It was fine,” said Reds pitcher Wade Miley, who was checked twice during his start Tuesday. “They just took my hat and my glove, looked around. I don’t know how much they love doing that. It is what it is. It’s another thing we have to deal with.”

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Wade Miley, center, gets his cap back after an inspection for any illegal substance by umpires Lance Barksdale, right, and Jim Wolf after the third inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Tuesday, June 22, 2021, in Minneapolis.

Reds reliever Ryan Hendrix was checked before his relief appearance in Monday’s extra-inning loss to Minnesota Twins, which was the first day of the league’s enforcement.

“It was strange; definitely weird,” Hendrix said. “I thought I was going to get checked after the inning, so I kind of got caught off guard coming in and they were checking it right away. It is what it is, man. We’ll get through it.”

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