Right-hander Chris Bassitt voiced his frustration with the lack of action the MLB is taking after three New York Mets batters were hit in Tuesday's meeting versus the St. Louis Cardinals. Bassitt, who is playing in his first season with the Mets, blamed the baseballs, who are according to him "different" and "bad."
Also, Bassit claims pitchers complained to the MLB but they remained silent on their concerns. The Mets now lead the league with 18 HBPs. "It's extremely annoying to see your teammates constantly get hit, and if you get hit by certain pitches it is what it is, but to get hit in the head the amount that we're getting hit is unbelievable," Bassitt said, per ESPN.
"I had some close calls tonight, and I've been hit in the face [by a line drive] and I don't want to do that to anybody ever, but MLB has a very big problem with the baseballs. They're bad. Everyone in the league knows it.
Every pitcher knows it. They're bad. "They don't care. MLB doesn't give a damn about it. They don't care. We've told them our problems with them, and they don't care."
Mets manager joins Bassitt in protesting
Mets manager Buck Showalter agreed with Bassitt that the MLB needs to take action as getting hit in the head and neck is "unacceptable."
"It's one thing to get hit in the toe or knee, but we're getting a lot of balls in the head and the neck, and it's just not good. Not good," Showalter said. "You care about your players, and without getting into right and wrong and what have you, you reach a point where it's about safety of your players.
We're lucky. You're talking about a pitch that broke his helmet. It's not good, I'm not happy." It wasn't a perfect day for the Mets on Tuesday but at least they escaped with a 3-0 win over the Cardinals.