A former major league baseball executive cried foul over Nationals closer Daniel Hudson missing Game 1 of the NLCS for the birth of his daughter.
“Only excuse would be a problem with the birth or health of baby or mother,” tweeted ex-Marlins president David Samson before the Friday outing. “If all is well, he needs to get to St. Louis. Inexcusable. Will it matter?”
It didn’t matter, with Sean Doolittle closing out the Nationals’ series-opening 2-0 win on the road against the Cardinals.
Under MLB paternity rules, Hudson is to be away from the club for a minimum of one day and a maximum of three days, though Nationals manager Dave Martinez expects to have the reliable reliever for Game 2 on Saturday afternoon.
“I told (Hudson), ‘Hey, family’s always first.,’” Martinez said. “I get it, I understand. The timing didn’t work out like we thought, baby wasn’t ready to come out. So we get him back when we get him back.”
Samson was fired by the Marlins shortly after Derek Jeter’s group took over the team in 2017.