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Mariners’ Hector Santiago is First Player Ejected on MLB’s Foreign Substance Crackdown

Introduction

On Sunday, June 27th, 2021 in the first game of a double – header featuring the Chicago White Sox hosting the Seattle Mariners from Guaranteed Rate Field located on the southside of Chicago, Illinois, the Seattle Mariners’ left – handed starting pitcher, Hector Santiago, was checked for foreign substances by umpires as he walked off of the mound in the fifth inning of the ball game.

Santiago was ejected from the game for violating Major League Baseball’s new foreign substance protocol as all four of the umpires agreed that Hector had a sticky substance on his glove. Although Santiago claims it was just merely a combination of both sweat and rosin, which is legal by the new standards of Major League Baseball, the umpires ejected Hector from the game, confiscated his baseball glove, and he will be possibly suspended for 10 games due to this infraction on MLB’s new crackdown on pitchers using foreign substances while pitching in big – league games.

The surging Seattle Mariners ended up winning the first game of this double – header against the Chicago White Sox with a final score of 3 to 2 last Sunday. The Chicago White Sox eventually recovered and they went on to win the second game of the double – header versus the Seattle Mariners with a final tally of 7 to 5 through the 7 – inning dual.

Currently the Chicago White Sox hang on to first place in the American League Central division of Major League Baseball as they enjoy a two and a half game lead over the Cleveland Indians who hold down the second – place spot in the AL Central. The Seattle Mariners who have been climbing up the standings are in third – place of the American League West division of the MLB. At the moment they are 7.5 games behind the first – place Houston Astros and 5.5 games behind the Oakland Athletics who are sitting in the second place slot of the AL West right now.

Media Statements

"[Umpire Phil Cuzzi] said he felt some sticky stuff on the inside of the glove," the Seattle Mariners’ pitcher Hector Santiago expressed following the Seattle Mariners' 3 – 2 victory in Chicago against the White Sox. "All I used was rosin. I used it on both sides, trying to keep that sweat from dripping down to the hands. What they told me was, you can't use rosin on the glove hand. When I use rosin, I dab on both sides. The umpire said you couldn't use it on the glove hand. Once they take it back and check it, it's just sweat and rosin. If they're going to do all this science stuff, it's going to be sweat and rosin. We'll be all right."

"What we do is we go around the whole glove, feeling for anything that would be sticky or something," the umpiring crew chief Tom Hallion stated. "It was very noticeable, and then the rest of the crew inspected to make sure we were all in agreement. All four agreed that it was a sticky substance, and that's why he was ejected. You just use your judgment on what you would consider is sticky, and not a norm for what we have seen over all our careers in baseball."

The Seattle Mariners’ manager Scott Servais said, "It's about 85 – 90 % humidity today. He had rosin all over himself. When you put rosin on sweat, it gets sticky. Our guys are doing the right thing. We're following the rules."

Santiago’s Baseball Career Achievements, Honors, and Awards

  • MLB All – Star (2015)

Current MLB Standings (as of Monday, June 28th, 2021)

American League East

Boston Red Sox 47 – 31 0 Games Behind

Tampa Bay Rays 47 – 32 0.5 Games Behind

Toronto Blue Jays 40 – 36 6 Games Behind

New York Yankees 40 – 37 6.5 Games Behind

Baltimore Orioles 24 – 54 23 Games Behind

American League Central

Chicago White Sox 45 – 32 0 Games Behind

Cleveland Indians 41 – 33 2.5 Games Behind

Detroit Tigers 34 – 44 11.5 Games Behind

Minnesota Twins 33 – 43 11.5 Games Behind

Kansas City Royals 33 – 43 11.5 Games Behind

American League West

Houston Astros 48 – 30 0 Games Behind

Oakland Athletics 47 – 33 2 Games Behind

Seattle Mariners 41 – 38 7.5 Games Behind

Los Angeles Angels 37 – 40 10.5 Games Behind

Texas Rangers 30 – 48 18 Games Behind

National League East

New York Mets 40 – 33 0 Games Behind

Washington Nationals 37 – 38 4 Games Behind

Atlanta Braves 37 – 40 5 Games Behind

Philadelphia Phillies 36 – 39 5 Games Behind

Miami Marlins 33 – 44 9 Games Behind

National League Central

Milwaukee Brewers 45 – 33 0 Games Behind

Chicago Cubs 42 – 36 3 Games Behind

Cincinnati Reds 38 – 38 6 Games Behind

St. Louis Cardinals 37 – 41 8 Games Behind

Pittsburgh Pirates 29 – 47 15 Games Behind

National League West

San Francisco Giants 50 – 27 0 Games Behind

Los Angeles Dodgers 47 – 31 3.5 Games Behind

San Diego Padres 47 – 33 4.5 Games Behind

Colorado Rockies 31 – 47 19.5 Games Behind

Arizona Diamondbacks 22 – 57 29 Games Behind

Odds to Win the MLB 2021 World Series

According to Bovada sportsbook below are the odds to win the MLB 2021 World Series as Monday, June 28th, 2021. Currently the Seattle Marines have the 21st highest odds to win it all for this exciting 162 game regular season of Major League Baseball in addition to the 2021 MLB playoffs.

Team                                                   Odds
Los Angeles Dodgers                         +340
Houston Astros                                   +600
Chicago White Sox                             +700
San Diego Padres                                +750
New York Mets                                  +900
New York Yankees                            +1200
Tampa Bay Rays                                +1400
Boston Red Sox                                  +1500
Oakland Athletics                               +1800
San Francisco Giants                          +1800
Milwaukee Brewers                            +2200
Toronto Blue Jays                               +2500
Atlanta Braves                                    +3500
Chicago Cubs                                     +4500
Cleveland Indians                               +4500
St. Louis Cardinals                             +6000
Cincinnati Reds                                  +6600
Los Angeles Angels                            +7000
Philadelphia Phillies                            +7000
Washington Nationals                         +7500
Seattle Mariners                                +12500
Minnesota Twins                                +15000
Kansas City Royals                            +20000
Miami Marlins                                    +25000
Detroit Tigers                                     +75000
Pittsburgh Pirates                                +75000
Baltimore Orioles                               +100000
Colorado Rockies                               +100000
Texas Rangers                                    +100000
Arizona Diamondbacks                      +150000

 

Sources:

“LHP Santiago ejected, glove confiscated during Mariners' win”, espn.com, June 27, 2021.

“Seattle Mariners' Hector Santiago first player to be ejected amid MLB's crackdown; veteran reliever says 'all I used was rosin'”, Jesse Rogers, espn.com, June 27, 2021.

“Hector Santiago”, baseball-reference.com, June 28, 2021.

“MLB Standings 2021”, espn.com, June 28, 2021.

“United States, MLB Futures, MLB 2021 World Series: To Win Outright”, bovada.lv, June 28, 2021.


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