The Cubs played the 9th inning of last night’s game in protest. Joe Maddon challenged Washington closer Sean Doolittle’s toe tap and pause before pitches in the 9th inning.
The reasoning behind Maddon challenging Doolittle’s stance was because it was eerie similar to Carl Edwards Jr.’s that was ruled illegal by MLB early in the season.
Here’s a comparison of Edwards’ stance that was illegal and Doolittle’s stance in question last night:
Carl Edwards, Jr.’s Foot Plant vs Sean Doolittle’s Toe Tap.
“A pitcher may not take a second step toward home plate with either foot.” pic.twitter.com/hSJrApg8hD
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) May 19, 2019
As you can see, Edwards’ stance was a foot plant and Doolittle’s stance was a toe tap. Both appear to be illegal after seeing the comparison.
Joe Maddon argues with the umpires a lot, but he is likely correct on this.
Photo Credit: Cubs Twitter.