Don’t call the reigning AL MVP a cheater.
New York Yankees captain Aaron Judge said Tuesday that he has some “choice words” for the Toronto Blue Jays broadcast team after it called his behavior during multiple at-bats “unusual,” according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.
“I’m not happy about it,” Judge continued, “but people can say what they want. I’ve still got a game to play. I’ve got things to do.”Judge hit two homers and reached base five times against the Jays on Monday, helping propel the Yankees to a 7-4 win.
Sportsnet play-by-play voice Dan Shulman and color commentator Buck Martinez noted that Judge’s eyes moved toward his own dugout in the moments before the Blue Jays pitchers delivered a pitch.
Shulman previously worked closely with Yankees manager Aaron Boone as members of ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball crew.
Major League Baseball doesn’t believe the Yankees broke any rules, according to Greg Joyce of the New York Post.
Following Monday’s game, Judge said he was looking toward his dugout because Boone was being argumentative.
Blue Jays manager John Schneider noted Tuesday that his team “could be a little tighter,” possibly insinuating that it was allowing the opponent to read signs, according to Jack Curry of YES Network.
“It’s easy to look at a runner at second when you’re hitting, tough to look into the dugout,” Schneider said, according to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet. “Probably a little bit easier to look at a coach.
“When it’s a glaring 30 feet where you’re not in that spot, you kind of put two and two together a little bit,” Schneider added.
He also said he was upset by where the Yankees’ base coaches were standing during the game.
The AL East rivals continue a four-game series Tuesday that will run through Thursday.
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