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Clayton Kershaw Thinks 1 MLB Rule Should Be Changed

clayton kershaw pitches for the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2018 world series vs. the red sox

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 28: Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers delivers the pitch during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox in Game Five of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

The MLB's crackdown on sticky substances is off to a brutal start, as pitchers around the league are getting frustrated by these constant checks. On Tuesday night, Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer was at the forefront of the latest controversy.

During last night's game between the Nationals and Phillies, Joe Girardi asked the umpires to check Scherzer for substances mid-inning. That didn't sit well with Scherzer, who stared down Girardi on the way to the dugout after the bottom of the fifth inning.

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw shared his thoughts on this situation after the team's game on Tuesday night. He believes the MLB will have to make some changes to their rules for substance checks.

Kershaw thinks there should be some punishment in place for managers who call for a substance check just to get the opposing pitcher out of rhythm.

"I think there should be a punishment if they don't catch anything on the guy," Kershaw said, via NBC Sports. "Scherzer is one of the best pitchers of our generation. To see him get checked, I think it was a first and third situation or guys on base, and mess up his rhythm. I think he ended up getting out of it, but you better find something if you're going to call him out like that."

"Maybe if they lose a challenge, or maybe if they have a challenge they can't do it. I don't know. But I do think there should be repercussions for managers doing that on a whim like that because if you call somebody out -- anybody, but somebody of Max Scherzer's caliber - and you don't find anything, I think that looks pretty bad on his part, the manager's part."

Managers could use substance checks as a weapon, strategically speaking, during games.

It'll be up to the MLB to find a balance between stopping pitchers from using foreign substances for grip and making sure managers don't take advantage of the new rules.