Toronto Blue Jays announcers caught Aaron Judge giving a suspicious look into his own dugout during an at-bat Monday night that ultimately resulted in a 462-foot home run.
After the game, the New York Yankees slugger was questioned about it but shrugged it off, saying he was «trying to see who was singing in the dugout.»
However, Judge’s feelings are upbeat, the Blue Jays reportedly think.
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According to ESPN, the Blue Jays believe relief pitcher Jay Jackson, or catcher Alejandro Kirk, may have been tipping pitches, which the Yankees realized. So, Judge was looking in the dugout to find out what pitch was coming up.
Color commentator Buck Martinez said Judge’s sideways gaze was «very, very unusual.»
«You don’t want to unknowingly throw accusations, but…» added play-by-play announcer Dan Schulman.
But Judge said he didn’t appreciate the loud noises he was apparently hearing from his bench.
«A lot of screeching from our bench, which I really didn’t like in the situation where it’s a 6-0 game and I know [Aaron Boone] was expelled, «he told reporters.» He was trying to save Boonie by calling timeout like, ‘Hey, wait here. Let me work here. I was trying to see who was singing on the bench. 6-0, Boonie was sent off, so let’s get to work now.»
The Yankees were fined $100,000 in 2017 for violating rules amid sign-stealing in 2015 and 2016, which included using the dugout and playing room phone to broadcast signals to each other.
The sign-stealing debate is perennial and has grown since the Houston Astros scandal in 2017. However, it’s been the common opinion that as long as a team doesn’t get outside help in deciphering the signs, it’s fair game.
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The Yankees won the game, 7-4, and now have won six of their last eight thanks to the AL MVP and AL home run king, who hit .364 with a 1.455 OPS in his career. last six games.