WATCH: Judges tell Reds pitcher Graham Ashcraft to take off his wedding ring

WATCH: Judges tell Reds pitcher Graham Ashcraft to take off his wedding ring

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Cincinnati Reds pitcher Graham Ashcraft refused to enforce MLB rules after referees told him to take off his wedding ring during Saturday’s game against the Milwaukee Brevers. According to a report by Bobby Nightingale from Cincinnati EnquirerEskraft was told to remove the ring from his left hand during the inspection of the foreign substance in the first inning.

Ashcraft was distrustful about the request to have his wedding ring removed, since Major League Baseball issued advice this week that he would start applying the rule on tying his hands, fingers and wrists. The rule aims to prevent throwers from carrying foreign materials on their hands.

“He says, ‘you have to take off your ring,'” Ashcraft said after the game. I thought, ‘no, why do I have to take off my ring? I shouldn’t.’ “Obviously, that’s a new rule they came up with yesterday.”

According to Rule 6.02 (c) (7) of the MLB Regulations, pitchers “shall not attach anything to any hand, any finger or any wrist.” The rule gives judges the autonomy to determine whether any accessory should be considered foreign matter, “but in no case should a pitcher be allowed to throw with such an attachment to a hand, finger or wrist.”

Although that rule has existed for some time, Reds manager David Bell said that MLB referees only started to apply it on Friday. A letter was issued to the teams earlier this week that the rule will soon apply.

Ashcraft eventually moved his wedding ring to the necklace chain by the end of the game, which turned into a forget-me-not game. The 24-year-old has given up eight goals and six sets this season in a 7-3 defeat to Cincinnati.


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