MLB pitcher called out for flouting mask rules in White House Press Briefing Room


MLB pitcher Sean Gilmartin was seen without a mask in the White House on Wednesday, in apparent violation of Press Briefing Room rules.

Gilmartin, who played for the Tampa Bay Rays last season, was in attendance to support his wife, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany.

The 30-year-old left-handed pitcher was seen standing against a wall, mask-less with arms folded, behind the customary several rows of seated reporters who were assembled to cover McEnany's briefing.

A New York Times photographer, apparently unaware who Gilmartin was, informed the pitcher of mask rules in press areas, according to a White House press pool report.

A White House staffer intervened, informing the photographer, Doug Mills, that Gilmartin was "Kayleigh's husband," the report said, and Gilmartin and the staffer then left while the journalist told them that the rules apply to everyone.

Gilmartin, a free agent, made two relief appearances with the Rays last season, while providing pitching depth on the 40-man roster. He did not appear during the team's postseason run, which ended in defeat to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series.

He and McEnany had previously told the Tampa Bay Times that they mostly keep their careers separate, although he appeared with their young daughter on-stage at an October rally for President Trump in Tampa.

Gilmartin broke into the majors with the Mets in 2015, after they acquired him from the Twins via the Rule V Draft. The Florida State product was drafted by the Braves in 2011 in the first round.