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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 19: Max Scherzer #21 of the New York Mets argues with umpire Phil Cuzzi #10 during the third inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on April 19, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)

New York Mets starting pitching Max Scherzer has accepted a 10-game suspension from Major League Baseball for having an illegal foreign substance on his pitching hand in Wednesday’s win over the Dodgers.

Scherzer was removed from the fourth inning of Wednesday’s game after multiple requests by umpire Phil Cuzzi to clean his hands of the sticky substance.

Scherzer plead his case that the substance was rosin, but according to crew chief Dan Bellino, Scherzer’s hand was the “stickiest he had ever seen.”

While speaking with reporters on Thursday, Scherzer said he thought about appealing, but decided against it after coming to terms he wasn’t going to win it. He will instead pay a fine of $5,000 instead of $10,000.

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