The Toronto Blue Jays still have their eyes on Aaron Judge and the Yankees.
Toronto pitcher Chris Bassitt was recently asked about the drama over the cheating/pitch-tipping controversy from two weeks ago, telling "The Chris Rose Rotation" podcast that what the Yankees did fell into a "gray area."
“We knew what was going on,” Bassit said. “I’ll say this about the whole situation: they knew we were tipping and they were relaying tips. Is that illegal? No, it’s not illegal. Is it kind of in that gray area where the first base and third base coach are relaying tips…should that be allowed for first and third base coaches to do? You can argue that back and forth all you want.”
The Blue Jays pitcher in the Judge at-bat, Jay Jackson, acknowledged he was tipping his pitches, although no one on the Yankees has admitted to noticing it and relaying the pitches to Judge from the dugout.
Judge said he was looking at the dugout because players were still heated over manager Aaron Boone getting ejected earlier in the at-bat, but Bassitt says that is a lie.
“I had no problem with [his response],” Bassitt said. “Was it a lie? Yeah, it was a lie. What do you want him to do? Come out and say, ‘Hey, all their pitchers were tipping and I’m gonna tell them how they’re tipping.’ I just think he kind of made up a story just to basically kind of say, ‘I’m not going to tell them I’m tipping. Why would I say that?’”