Alek Manoah John Schneider error Blue Jays Credit: SportsNet

There are some rules that coaches and managers in sports need to remember. The Toronto Blue Jays learned that lesson the hard way on Saturday afternoon. Blue Jays manager John Schneider made a baffling error that led to Blue Jays ace Alek Manoah departing from the game. That mistake? One too many mound visits.

MLB rules limit teams to one mound visit per inning unless you plan on pulling the pitcher. Once you go out there a second time, there’s no turning back, and you have to change pitchers. There are no exceptions. And yet, Schneider still marched out there twice in the sixth inning. The rules forced Manoah out of the game after just 5.2 innings of work.

After the stunning error, the MLB world had a lot to say.


Granted, the move appeared to be ineffectual for the Orioles. The Blue Jays lead the O’s 5-2 in the 8th inning, a few innings after the incident. But obviously, this was a brutal error to commit. Probably brutal enough to record on the scoreboard, though no scorekeeper will have room to make that tally.

So while Toronto will likely save his bacon, manager John Schneider is definitely going to want to familiarize himself with the rulebook before Sunday’s clash. There are just some things you can’t do, and actions do have consequences. John Schneider learned perhaps never to do that again with Alek Manoah on the mound.


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