Didn't watch the game, but if it was determined that the band-aid harbored a potential "problem" substance----example, vaseline--[ala Gaylord Perry]----I agree, off it comes. I would think an on-site medical person would have a say as to the need for a band-aid.
If no "problem" substance-------IMO--no harm no foul---it stays on.
I have seen MLB pitchers who cut themselves shaving allowed to cover same with a band-aid.
BTW----was there a "distraction" complaint made by an opposing batter? Albeit, you did note "Yankees" (evidently) wanted it off.
Fairly large "flesh colored" bandaid over an "infection" on the Joaquin Benoit left cheak.
Yankees manager came out while Benoit was warming up and talked to the PU.
PU then went to the mound and told the Benoit the bandaid had to come off.
Benoit didn't seem to like it but he took it off.
I sure wish we could see it. But if a batter asked me and told me it was a distraction to him during delivery? Off it would come!
Aslong as medical personel agree that there is no obvious need for it. Put some neosporin on it and get back to pitching!
Better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it!
I never understood of the hoopla about stuff on pitchers that isn't their pitching arm. If you are looking at his cheek, or a multi colored glove, you are looking at the wrong thing and on the road to striking out.
Michael S. Taylor
I don't agree with it at all. This would have been one of those situations that, had a manager approached me in a LL game and asked me to have the pitcher remove the bandaid, I would've asked him if he REALLY wanted me to start enforcing uniform rules against his team.
This was totally bogus. I've seen MLB pitchers wear the most gawdy-looking necklaces around their necks. Some pitchers wear funky-looking glasses. Others use quirky pitching motions. Ever see Ryan Dempster wiggle his glove just before he delivers a pitch? Those are bigger distractions to me than a flesh-colored bandage.
What, will someone complain if a black pitcher has those white patches on his face due to depigmentation? What about a black pitcher with a blond or white mustache or goatee?
I lost respect for Joe Girardi. The Yankees should be much better than that. The result of the game was just rewards, IMHO.