Umpire Insists that the Substance on Díaz’s Hand Was Not a Mixture of Rosin and Sweat, Leading to His Ejection from the Game

Mets' Edwin Díaz (Mets/MLB )

Edwin Díaz, the New York Mets’ star closer, was abruptly ejected from Sunday’s game against the Chicago Cubs after a controversial foreign substance check by umpires in the ninth inning.

Despite vehement protests from Díaz and manager Carlos Mendoza, crew chief Vic Carapazza steadfastly deemed the substance on Díaz’s hand too sticky and fraudulent, warranting an automatic ejection.

MLB pitcher Edwin Díaz (Mets/MLB)

Díaz vehemently maintained his innocence, attributing the substance to a harmless combination of rosin, sweat, and dirt, essential for grip and control. However, Carapazza’s expertise and scrutiny of thousands of similar instances led him to conclusively declare the substance illegitimate.

The ejection precipitated a 10-game suspension for Díaz, a penalty he may contest. Notwithstanding, the Mets secured a 5-2 victory, courtesy of relievers Drew Smith and Jake Diekman’s adept performance.

Díaz’s inconsistent season, marked by a 4.70 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in 23 games, has been punctuated by flashes of brilliance, including 33 strikeouts and a 12.9 K/9 rate. This incident reignites debates about the pervasive use of foreign substances in baseball, with some advocating for stricter enforcement and harsher penalties.

As the sport grapples with the nuances of regulation and player conduct, Díaz’s ejection serves as a poignant reminder of the delicate balance between competitive drive and fair play.