Reds’ Graham Ashcraft told to remove wedding ring during substance check

Reds’ Graham Ashcraft told to remove wedding ring during substance check

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MLB umpires have forced Cincinnati Reds starter Graham Ashcraft to withdraw his wedding ring as part of the league’s crackdown on pitchers using foreign substances to better control baseball.

Ashcraft wore the headband on his left hand which hides in his glove when throwing. The Reds were playing the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday when he was told to remove his jewelry. He said the ref told him the rule wasn’t new but they just started enforcing it on Friday.

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Graham Ashcraft #51 of the Cincinnati Reds throws a pitch against the Milwaukee Brewers at Great American Ball Park on June 18, 2022 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Graham Ashcraft #51 of the Cincinnati Reds throws a pitch against the Milwaukee Brewers at Great American Ball Park on June 18, 2022 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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“The first base umpire comes in, checks my right hand as usual. Then he asks me to take off my glove and see my ring. He says, ‘You have to take your ring off,'” he said. told reporters after the game, via L’Athlétisme. “I was like, ‘No, why do I have to take my ring off? I shouldn’t have to.’ So apparently it’s a new rule they made up yesterday.”

The rule states that a pitcher is not allowed to tie anything to his hands.

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Milwaukee Brewers' Omar Narvaez, right, gently pulls away from Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Graham Ashcraft, left, during the second inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 18, 2022 in Cincinnati.

Milwaukee Brewers’ Omar Narvaez, right, gently pulls away from Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Graham Ashcraft, left, during the second inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 18, 2022 in Cincinnati.
(AP Photo/Jeff Dean)

Reds manager David Bell said he received the memo reminding players and managers of the application of the policy but did not read it too closely.

“I think it helped, like the rule or not, it was something that was going to be enforced and Graham understood that after that explanation,” Bell said. “I didn’t manage to explain it before the game. Luckily nothing bad happened. It was good that they just warned him and made him aware.”

Ashcraft was scored for six runs on eight hits in five innings. He struck out four batters as the Reds lost to the Brewers, 7-3.

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Graham Ashcraft pitches in the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Saturday, June 18, 2022, in Cincinnati.

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Graham Ashcraft pitches in the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Saturday, June 18, 2022, in Cincinnati.
(AP Photo/Jeff Dean)

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Ashcraft was called into the big leagues last month. He made six starts for the Reds and has a 3.51 ERA in 33 1/3 innings with 19 strikeouts.

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