After a night to absorb the implications that he was cheating, Aaron Judge responded.
He is not pleased.
The New York hardliner addressed the issue with reporters on Tuesday, the day after Toronto Blue Jays announcers Dan Schulman and Buck Martinez. It is hinted that he received nefarious calls from Yankees cache while in painting. They did it on a Sportsnet broadcast with Judge hitting a two-run home run Yankees win 7-4.
This is what the judge said.
“I don’t understand why it is a story honestly,” said the judge. According to the New York Daily News. “If their broadcasters want to make a deal about it, they can say anything they want. I’m not happy about it, but people can say whatever they want. I still have a game to play. I have things to do.”
The judge then answered whether he thought the speculation was reckless.
“I have a few chosen words about that,” the judge continued.
He kept these chosen words to himself.
Aaron Boone: Nothing… It was against the rules
Meanwhile, MLB concluded that nothing from Monday’s game indicated significant violations of the rules, Reporting by Greg Joyce of the New York Post. Yankees manager Aaron Boone told reporters that the team is in contact with MLB about the matter and does not expect an investigation.
“Nothing that happened last night was against the rules,” Boone said.
Even if Judge’s coaches or teammates pass on the information, that in and of itself is not a rule violation. It is up to the players, managers and coaches to protect their information. If they’re flipping pitches via cues, catcher’s setup or otherwise, and the other team sees it, it’s on them.
Blue Jays broadcasters have implications
The uproar comes from the commentary during the eighth round of Monday’s match. As judge confronted Blue Jays reliever Jay Jackson, Shulman and Martinez noticed the judge’s changed eyes and began speculating. Cameras caught Judge looking repeatedly toward the Yankees dugout before throwing pitches.
“Okay, Buck, so you looked right at each other when we saw those three pitches before,” said play-by-play announcer Dan Shulman.
“Watch what he’s looking at,” said color analyst Buck Martinez.
“What is this?” Shulman replied.
Shulman replied, “Where is he looking? And he’s done that more than once.”
Shulman then got to the heart of the insinuation that a coach or someone in the Yankees dugout was directing him to upcoming pitches.
“You don’t want to go throwing allegations without knowing,” Shulman said, rambling allegations without knowing.
Martinez replied, “I made the guys look back when I was holding, and obviously you could see it.” “He couldn’t see the catcher the way he was looking over there.”
The conversation continued by the time Judge kicked his second home run of the night.
“He’s done it again,” Shulman said before the judge took a swing at Jackson’s slider 3-2. “And he hit it. He hit the country mile for his second home run of the night.”
They continue to analyze Judge’s looks as they watch the home run replay.
“Again, he’s looking at something, and then the next step is that powerful swing,” Martinez said. I’ve never seen that before with him. I’ve never seen that before.”
The judge replied after the match
The judge responded succinctly to the post game speculation as he appeared to know it for the first time from a reporter.
“There was a kind of chirping from our team, which I didn’t really like about our 6-0 game situation,” Judge said. … “I said some things to some of the guys in the dugout, especially after the game. I hope it doesn’t happen again.”
Blue Jays manager John Schneider was skeptical and said the team would look into the issue, so he was “not prone” to tip the information off.
“It’s strange for a hitter to look that way,” Schneider said after the game. “He’s clearly looking in that direction for a reason.”
He said Tuesday after reviewing the video that “we’ll probably be a little tougher with some of our inclinations, spots with catchers, gloves — everything.”
“In terms of the league, we just want to make sure that every coach is where they need to be on the field and have confidence that they’re going to push forward.”
So it appears that the Blue Jays are content with whatever correspondence they had with MLB regarding the case. They are working to tighten their ship.
Meanwhile, there is plenty of fuel early in the season among the AL East rivals in what promises to be one of baseball’s most competitive teams.