The cheating allegations the New York Yankees faced over the course of the week appeared to be completely off the table when Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Jay Jackson admitted he was tipping pitches during a game.
The fight began Monday night when Blue Jays announcers wondered why Aaron Judge was looking toward his bench before a pitch. In the same sequence, he hit his second home run of the night. The Blue Jays yelled foul and fans were quick to point fingers at the Yankees, claiming illegal sign stealing.
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Jackson told The Athletic on Tuesday night that he was tipping his pitches. Yankees first base coach Travis Chapman could see Jackson’s grip from his position, The Athletic reported, citing Blue Jays sources. Judge seemed to be looking at Chapman, who relayed the signal via signals.
«From what they told me, I was tilting the pitch,» Jackson told the outlet. «It was (minus) my grip when I was coming behind my ear. It was the time it took me from my set position, from when my glove went from my head to my hip. On fastballs, I was doing it faster.» . than on sliders. They were finding out.»
Not to mention, Jackson threw six straight sliders at Judge before the 2022 AL MVP, who set an AL record for most home runs in a season, hit the home run.
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Blue Jays manager John Schneider alluded to the Yankees’ point guards being out of position before Tuesday’s game. Both teams tried some game with the base coaches during the matchup.
The judge and Yankees manager Aaron Boone also played down the issue.
«I don’t see why it’s a story to be honest,» Judge told reporters, via the New York Daily News.
«If your announcers want to come to an agreement about it, they can say whatever they want,» he continued, adding that he had «chosen words» for what Dan Schulman and Buck Martinez said, but chose not to mention them.
«I’m not happy about it, but people can say what they want. I still have a game to play. I have things to do.»
Boone added: «Nothing that happened last night was against the rules.»
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New York won the game 6-3 on Tuesday.
Fox News’ Ryan Morik contributed to this report.