Reds pitcher Graham Ashcraft told to remove wedding ring under glove as MLB begins enforcing rule
Cincinnati Reds rookie Graham Ashcraft was told by John Tumpane to remove his wedding ring during his foreign substance inspection in the first inning of Saturday’s start against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Ashcraft was incredulous at the request, asking the umpire when the new rule was introduced.
It’s not a new rule, but it is something that umpires are now enforcing. According to rule 6.02(c)(7) in the MLB rulebook
Ashcraft checked with home-plate umpire Junior Valentine about the rule before he returned to the mound for the second inning. Valentine confirmed it was something umpires began enforcing Friday.
Ashcraft moved his silicone wedding ring to his necklace chain for the remainder of his start.
The 24-year-old Ashcraft permitted eight hits and a season-high six runs in the Reds’ 7-3 loss to the Brewers at Great American Ball Park.
The rule gives umpires the autonomy to determine whether any attachment should be considered a foreign substance, "but in no case may the pitcher be allowed to pitch with such attachment to his hand, finger or wrist
Although the rule had been on the books for some time, Reds manager David Bell shared that MLB umpires had only begun enforcing it on Friday.
A memo was issued to teams earlier this week that the rule would soon begin to be enforced.
Ashcraft ended up moving his wedding ring to his necklace chain for the remainder of the game, which turned into a game to forget