Tigers Pitcher Calls Out Ump For Forcing Him to Change Gloves

Here's something you don't see everyday, and umpire forced a pitcher to change equipment. Detroit Tigers right-hander Casey Mize was pissed off with an ump after being forced to change his glove during his start against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday.

Mize spoke to the media about what was said and was obviously rather frustrated by the whole ordeal:

I thought it was pretty shitty, pretty shitty thing to do. I assume everyone thinks that I was using sticky stuff, which I was not. I just thought the timing of it was pretty shitty, honestly. The umpires need to get on the same page because I've made 12 starts (with the glove), and everybody was fine with it, or John Tumpane just needs to have some feel and let me pitch with the glove that the other team did not complain about. John's a good umpire and a very nice guy, just have some feel for the situation. I hate that I'm in a position now where I assume everyone thinks I was using sticky. In reality, that was not the situation at all.

Tumpane made Mize change his glove between the first and second innings because the color of his glove was 'too light'. The Tigers pitcher was obviously not comfortable using someone else's glove as he threw a scoreless first inning and then proceeded to allow three earned runs on seven hits the rest of the way. The Tigers managed to score some runs and Mize held on for his fourth win of the season 4-3.

Pitchers and Umpires, the battle we didn't know we needed in 2021.

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