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Max Scherzer: Comments on designated hitter were ‘taken out of context’

Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer is attempting to clarify quotes attributed to him and first published in a column by CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman by claiming the comments were “taken out of context.”

In the column, Scherzer, while discussing St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright’s season-ending injury that occurred during an at-bat, states that he wouldn’t be opposed to the National League adopting the designated hitter rule, arguing that fans would rather watch a player like David Ortiz swing for the fences than see a pitcher up at the plate “swinging a wet newspaper.”

Scherzer was on the receiving end of a snarky rebuke courtesy of Madison Bumgarner. The San Francisco Giants ace was asked about the Nationals pitcher’s thoughts and strongly disagreed, seizing the opportunity to blast Scherzer, saying in part: “He knew the rules. Whatever much he signed for – what did he get, again? – he didn’t have a problem signing his name. He didn’t have a problem with hitting then.”

Scherzer took to Twitter on Tuesday to defend his comments, posting a lengthy missive that read in part (as transcribed by D.C. Sports Bog):

“In a recent article written by Jon Heyman, there were comments taken out of context that I would like to clarify. First and foremost I value what my colleagues and fellow players think of me and it appears my casual and in-jest comments were not portrayed properly. I was having a casual conversation with Jon discussing Adam Wainwright’s injury and the subject of the DH and pitchers hitting came up. John [sic] asked me if the National League had the DH would it have made a difference in regards to Adam’s injury and I responded ‘no’ as I believed it to be a freak injury and had nothing to do with him actually hitting.

“As for my comment about who would people rather see hit and me swinging a wet newspaper, anyone who knows me knows I am an outgoing, fun and jokester kind of a guy. I was making an attempt to be funny with those comments and nothing more. And therein lies the problem … I respect their need for the media to do their job however in some instances what they write portrays a player in a negative light and only provides one particular argument or side.”

Scherzer also charges Heyman in his comments with “taking a casual comment and turning it into a story with a specific agenda.”

Heyman attempted to clarify his reporting on Scherzer’s original comments, and he did so well before the pitcher attempted to clarify them on social media.

So, in the end, it simply was a situation where comments made somewhat in jest were misinterpreted and later clarified by both the person making the comments and the individual reporting on them. It happens all the time.

(photo credit: USA TODAY)