Yankees, Blue Jays trade barbs over base coaches in ongoing drama over Aaron Judge cheating allegations

This week’s series in between the New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays has actually been anything however dull. On Monday, the Blue Jays were none too happy with Aaron Judge glancing to his right throughout his 8th inning at-bat. Then, on Tuesday, Yankees righty Domingo Germán was ejected following a foreign compound check in the 4th inning.

In the 3rd inning Tuesday, the Blue Jays dugout and Yankees 3rd base coach Luis Rojas exchanged words, apparently since the Blue Jays did not like that Rojas was placed outside the coach’s box. All of this stems back to Toronto’s grievance with Judge, who they declared was slipping a take a look at New York’s base coaches, presumably incorrectly located Monday.

“It’s easy to look at a runner at second when you’re hitting. It’s tough to look into the dugout. It’s probably a little bit easier to look at a coach,” Blue Jays supervisor John Schneider informed MLB.com on Tuesday prior to the video game. “I think that there’s boxes on the field for a reason. I think 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.”  

Here is Tuesday’s exchange in between Rojas and the Blue Jays dugout:

“(Pitching coach Pete Walker) was probably — more playfully than anything — saying, ‘I’m watching you,'” Schneider stated after the video game. “They probably all heard that. Rojas kind of took exception to it. It’s two competitive teams. You’re not pleased with the way everything has shaken out the last 24 hours, right? And I think it’s just people being competitive. I think Rojas responded how he did and we responded how we did.”

The spat continued in the bottom of the 4th inning, when Yankees supervisor Aaron Boone chirped and motioned towards Blue Jays 3rd base coach Luis Rivera to get in the coach’s box. Crew chief James Hoye spoke with both supervisors after the inning and informed them he’ll deal with the base coaches and their positioning.

“It’s tired. I hope not,” Boone stated after the video game when asked whether the coach’s box shenanigans will continue. “It’s just silliness. It’s silliness. It’s ridiculous. I think everyone — I hope on both sides — realizes this.”

For what it deserves, nearly no very first or 3rd base coach really remains in the coach’s box. They all walk around throughout the video game to get the very best possible perspective. The umpires have the discretion to caution coaches who are incorrectly located and MLB might level penalty, if considered called for.

Because the base coach silliness wasn’t enough, Judge offered Tuesday’s definitive blown with a consent two-run crowning achievement in the 8th inning (NY 6, TOR 3). He was booed greatly throughout the video game — the Blue Jays faithful even shouted “cheater!” at one point — however the ruling AL MVP reacted with a 448-foot blast to dead center field.

“I’ve got some choice words about that, but it’s better just to keep that off the record,” Judge informed MLB.com when asked the concerns concerning his look Monday night. “… Especially with the things that have happened in this game with cheating and stuff, to get that thrown out, I’m not happy about it.”

Judge is 9 for 30 (.300) with 5 crowning achievement in 8 video games given that returning from the hurt list recently. He’s gone deep 3 times in the very first 2 video games of this four-game series at Rogers Centre and is striking .270/.370/.590 in the early going this season. That is an action down from Judge’s 2022 output however certainly great overall.

Tuesday’s win was New York’s seventh in their last 9 video games. They are 25-19 on the season, however in 4th location in the AL East. The Blue Jays are portion points ahead of them at 24-18.

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