American League All-Star Game starter Justin Verlander told ESPN on Monday that the balls used in Major League Baseball games this season are “a f—ing joke” and that he believes “100 percent” that the league has implemented juiced balls to increase offense.
Now it seems his comments got him in a little bit of hot water.
Verlander got called into the principal’s office on Monday afternoon.
The veteran right-hander received a stern talking to from Joe Torre, Jim Leyland and at least one other MLB official.
Fellow Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerritt Cole said after Tuesday night’s All-Star Game that he was the one who informed Verlander the bigwigs were waiting to speak with him.
“I may actually have facilitated that meeting,” Cole said. “I saw Jim and Joe were in (manager Alex Cora’s) office. And they said hi. Then Jim, in not a profanity-laden way, said, ‘Get Justin in here right now.’ So I came out and said, ‘Hey, Skip wants to see you.’ And he said, ‘OK.’ Then he comes back and he goes, ‘Man, I just got chewed out.’”
According to Stark, Torre, Leyland and company basically said they love his passion but he doesn’t know what he’s talking about.
Tow the company line Justin..
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