Dodgers fans learned quickly last summer that starter Max Scherzer is never afraid to speak his mind or display his emotions. Whether it was playfully losing it about Clayton Kershaw getting a hit while Max was in the middle of 0-for-52 slump or roaring after getting out of a jam, Scherzer is one of the most colorful characters in baseball.
During Wednesday’s nationally televised Mets-Yankees game, Scherzer utilized the new PitchCom technology for the first time to relay signs with his catcher. Mad Max threw seven innings of shutout ball in the Mets 3-2 win over the Yankees and had a somewhat scathing review of PitchCom (quotes via The Athletic).
“Here’s what I’ll say about PitchCom: It works. Does it help? Yeah. But I also think it should be illegal.”
The future Hall-of-Fame pitcher reasoned that sign stealing is just “part of the game”.
“Stealing signs is part of the game. For me, I’ve always taken pride in having a complex system of signs and having that advantage over other pitchers. So the fact that we’re taking this out of the game and we’re just putting in technology, now you can’t steal signs on second. That’s part of baseball, trying to crack somebody’s signs.”
The three-time Cy Young winner signed with the New York Mets as a free agent this offseason and despite missing nearly two months earlier this season with an injury, is pitching at the level (2.09 ERA) that Dodgers fans came to expect during his stint in LA last year.
Baseball fans as a whole have come to expect entertaining moments from Scherzer, and the starter delivered again on Wednesday night.
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